statesman news service
Chennai, 11 November
Tamil Nadu netas want total boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). While the main Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu are yet to announce their stand on the bandh, the government has convened an emergent session of the state Assembly, apparently to take a view on India taking part in the CHOGM.
DMK president M Karunanidhi had welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to skip the CHOGM, in view of the opposition by parties in Tamil Nadu and said it came as "some consolation".
India’s participation has triggered protests in the state and some pro-Eelam outfits have given called a day-long bandh on Tuesday to press their demand for complete boycott of the meeting. About 20 pro-Eelam outfits including the MDMK, have demanded the state government declare a bandh on 12 November.
On Monday, members of the CPI staged a rail-roko in places like Nagercoil, Madurai, Rajapalayam and also in Chennai demanding that India totally boycott the meet in Colombo.
Similarly, about 60 members of another pro-Tamil outfit were detained in North Chennai for allegedly trying to burn Mr Salman Khurshid in effify, who will lead a delegation from India for CHOGM. MDMK leader Vaiko urged the student community to participate in tomorrow’s bandh.