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Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit India on Feb 8 amidst protests

Colombo/Chennai, Feb 6 (): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is all set to visit India on February 8 even as the political parties of Tamil Nadu are protesting his India tour.

On Friday,February 8, Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. He is also scheduled to meet the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during his visit to Bodh Gaya, according to government-run media reports.

Meanwhile, in Chennai DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday had pushed the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country. In a resolution adopted in the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organization (TESO) meeting led by Karunanidhi, it was observed that ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa takes advantage of our friendly attitude and traditional hospitality. But he is a symbol of Sinhalese majoritarianism. India should not encourage his visit, as Tamils will not tolerate it.’

Pressing for a Tamil Eelam, Karunanidhi strongly advocated for a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and said that a separate Eelam will only be the solution to the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils. To meet this objective, Karunanidhi has appealed to the  Central government to facilitate a resolution calling for a referendum during the general council meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled in March.

DMK patriarch Karunanidhi has announced they would stage a black–shirt demonstration in Chennai on February 8 opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India.

Karunanidhi alleged that Mahinda Rajapaksa was the one who massacred thousands of innocent Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being charged of inhuman war crimes and gross violations of human rights during the decades’-old war with the Tamil tiger rebels,LTTE.

Other key political parties have also stated they will hold protests at multiple  locations including outside Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence in New Delhi,opposing the Sri Lankan President’s India visit.