Twenty one pro-Tamil outfits pressing for India's non-participation in the November 15 Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meet in Sri Lanka
over the Lankan Tamils issue have demanded that the state government declare a bandh
on November 12 to mount pressure on the Centre over taking part.
The decision was taken after deliberations among various outfits, including Vaiko-led MDMK, May 17 Movement, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi.
The meet yesterday decided to resort to rail blockades to register their protest and also urged other political parties and student organisations to join them in the agitations.
Asked about the appeal, official sources said it would be 'difficult' for the state government to declare the bandh
especially at this juncture as "several issues" are involved.
On October 24, the Tamil Nadu
Assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution, demanding that India
seek temporary suspension of Sri Lanka
from the Commonwealth
body and insisted on a 'complete' boycott of CHOGM
in Colombo by the Centre, respecting "sentiments and opinion" of the state's people.
It had also urged New Delhi to initiate steps to seek "temporary suspension" of Sri Lanka
from the league of Commonwealth
Nations till the island nation grants equal status to Tamils living there.
Pro-Tamil outfits and student groups have been agitating over the issue in Tamil Nadu
and Puducherry over the past several days, demanding that the Centre boycott CHOGM.
Union Ministers Jayanthi Natarajan and V Narayanasamy have also come out openly opposing India's participation, joining Cabinet colleague G K Vasan, who has been stridently demanding that the Prime Minister keep away from the meet.
A PIL petition has also been filed in the Madras High Court bench in Madurai, seeking to restrain the Centre from sending a delegation to CHOGM.