MDMK to stage protest against Rajapakasa in Delhi, Chennai

May 24, 2014 03:22 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 04:09 am IST - Chennai

Opposing the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi’s swearing—in as Prime Minister, BJP ally >MDMK on Saturday announced a black flag demonstration against the head of the island republic in Delhi on May 26.

A similar protest will be held in Chennai the same day, he said.

MDMK chief Vaiko compared his situation to that of the anti—Hindi agitation launched by DMK under its founder, late C N Annadurai, in 1965 saying, the Dravidian veteran had only opposed imposition of Hindi and not the Indian republic.

“Similarly, while extending greetings to Narendra Modi for his thumping win and expressing my happiness over the same, I oppose the participation of Rajapaksa who is involved in Tamil genocide. Since it is our duty to register our opposition, MDMK under my leadership will hold a black flag demonstration,” against Rajapaksa in Delhi, he said in a statement here.

The protest, which was in line with Vaiko’s earlier announcement of opposing any India visit of the Lankan President, will be held at Jantar Mantar at 11 a.m., he said.

A staunch supporter of Tamil Eeelam (separate home land for Lankan Tamils), Vaiko had earlier led protestors to oppose Rajapaksa’s visit to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh last year.

Vaiko, who lost in the recent Lok Sabha elections along with six other party nominees contesting as part of the alliance formed by the BJP, said it was not proper for Rajapaksa to attend the swearing—in of Modi as “it will spoil the sanctity” of the ceremony.

The MDMK leader, who had personally met Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Friday arguing against the Lankan leader’s participation in the May 26 swearing—in, alleged that minority Tamils in Sri Lanka were still facing many difficulties.

Terming as a “betrayal” India's abstention from voting in a US—sponsored resolution on human rights violations in a UN body in March this year, Vaiko charged that officials behind such a move were ‘misleading’ Modi in this matter.

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