He demanded that a holiday be declared on the strike day

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Friday appealed to all political parties and the people to participate in the March-12 general strike, called by the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) to condemn the Sri Lankan government for human rights violations.

In a statement, Mr. Karunanidhi recalled the recent resolution passed by the TESO demanding fair international probe into the genocide in Sri Lanka and urging the Union government to support a resolution moved at the United Nations Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka. He also said, “During the discussion on the issue in the Parliament even political parties such as BJP voiced support to the cause of Tamils. As there was no strong commitment from the Union government as anticipated and it was necessary to exert more pressure on the Centre.”

The DMK president called for total support from all quarters, including those in government positions, and demanded that a holiday be declared on the strike day.

“Private and government buses (should not run). Why, even Centre should announce suspension of train and flight services that day,” he added.

Mr. Karunanidhi condoled the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.