Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangankalin Peravai has decided not to participate in the bandh being organised in the State on October 1 by the Democratic Progressive Alliance.

Peravai chairman D. Vellaiyan, talking to newsmen here on Saturday after the executive committee meeting, said it was the policy decision of the peravai not to participate in any agitation announced without consulting the trading community.

Though the peravai was for early implementation of the Sethusamudram project, the issue had been politicised by parties.

“Public debate necessary”

The members felt there should be public debate on the project and not a bandh, which would affect the lives of the common man. The High Court had given direction to the State Government to provide sufficient police protection to the public on the bandh day. This had given them confidence and they would keep the shops open whatever be the consequences, Mr. Vellaiyan said.