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Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit Sanchi, Vaiko opposes

Chennai, Sep 5 (): MDMK Chief Vaiko has threatened to take a black flag demonstration by thousands of Tamils against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa if he is offered invitation by the BJP to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh later this month.

Vaiko has written a letter to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, requesting him not to hurt the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu by inviting the Sri Lankan president to Sanchi. Vaiko blamed the BJP leader Sushma Swaraj to have invited Rajapaksa by writing a letter to him.

Denying the allegations, the BJP leaders said that the invitation for the Sri Lankan president was not from their side but it was from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sushma in her statement has clarified that being an Opposition, they have no rights to send out an official invite that has been sent out by the Prime Minister himself.

Blaming Rajapaksa for the killing of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka in the armed conflict, Vaiko added it seemed to him illogical that Rajapaksa has been invited for the function as Lord Buddha not only preached peace and tolerance but also practiced it. Vaiko stated, “Sushma Swaraj’s announcement amounts to adding insult to injury to Tamils.”

“BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Yashwant Sinha who have deeply mourned for the Lankan Tamils must take appropriate steps to cancel the invitation extended to Rajapaksa. If they fail to do so, I shall lead a black flag demonstration at Sanchi on September 21,” said Vaiko.

Meanwhile, the DMK also expressed its concern against the visit of the Sri Lankan President to India. DMK chief M Karunanidhi said that his party will also be taking part in the demonstration and added that his party will never agree to such a visit.

Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, proclaimed that the Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa will be laying the foundation stone for the sake of the Buddhist education centre at Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh on September 21.