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BJP Ally MDMK to Protest Against Rajapaksa in Delhi

Opposing the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi's swearing-in as prime minister, BJP ally MDMK today announced a black flag demonstration against the head of the island republic in Delhi on May 26.

MDMK chief Vaiko compared his situation to that of the anti-Hindi agitation launched by the DMK under its founder C N Annadurai in 1965 saying the Dravidian veteran had only opposed the imposition of the Hindi language 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 its 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 visit to the country by the Lankan President following his trip to Sanchi last year, will be held at the Jantar Mantar at 11 AM, he said.

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

A staunch supporter of Tamil Eelam (separate home land for the 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 personally met Modi and BJP President Rajnath Singh in Delhi yesterday 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 Sri Lanka's 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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2/D-42
May 25, 2014
08:02 AM

It needs to be repeated that what happened in Lanka was not a armed conflict but a counter insurgency operation launced by the Lankan army. And it was the LTTE that used civilians as human shields.

The army had no option but to break thro' the shield. And a vast majority of Tamils in the war zone actually deserted the LTTE and supported the army in the war. This is something that is evident to anyone who speaks with the Tamils in the region.

Akash Verma, Chennai
1/D-41
May 25, 2014
07:57 AM

As a good will measure, RP releases Indian fishermen in Lankan custody. I think Vaiko will object to that as well.

The lasting solution to the Lankan conflict is to implement the Rajiv-Jayawardhane accord and that is not going to happen unless we have cordial relations with the Lankan govt.

This is something the political parties willingly forget-in the hope that they are seen as protector of Tamils.

Akash Verma, Chennai
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