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.
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.