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Bandh call on CHOGM

Chennai, Nov 8 (): CHOGM issue has snowballed with twenty-one pro-Tamil outfits demanding India’s non-participation in the November 15 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet) summit in Sri Lanka.

Over the Lankan Tamils issue, the outfits have demanded that the state government back a bandh on Nov 12 to put pressure on the Centre over CHOGM. The decision was taken after meeting among various outfits, which include Vaiko’s MDMK, May 17 Movement, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi.

The meet held yesterday decided to do rail blockades to register their protest and called other political parties and student organizations to join them in the protest.

Asked about the appeal, official sources said it was not possible for the state government to declare the bandh as it would be violation of earlier court orders on bandh. AIADMK-led resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly was unanimously adopted, that demanded India seek suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth and on a ‘complete’ boycott of CHOGM as it is held in Colombo, respecting the sentiments and opinions of the people of Tamil Nadu.

Pro-Tamil outfits and student groups have literally hijacked the CHOGM issue, giving AIADMK nervous moments. The memorial for Tamil martyrs in Thanjavur is opposed by the Jayalalithaa government since it is spearheaded by Nedumaran and other pro-Tamil outfits. The move to get the court to block the memorial has failed.

A conference of the World Tamil Federation as part of the memorial is now termed as a potential law and order. Karunanidhi told reporters that he hoped that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would act as per his conscience. ‘The PM has a conscience. Enough if he acts according to that,’ said Karunanidhi.

To a query, he said DMK has already quit the UPA-led Ministry, and the question of supporting the government from outside did not arise. AIADMK, DMK and TN state unit of BJP are strongly opposed to India’s participation in CHOGM being held from November 15, and the state Assembly has also adopted a resolution seeking complete boycott of the event.

Congress Core Group meeting in Delhi to decide on the issue today, concluded without any decision.

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