Rajapakse visit : Vaiko to lead black flag demo at Delhi on May 26
MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, who is a strong supporter of Eelam Tamils, would personally lead a black flag demonstration at New Delhi on May 26 to condemn the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
In a statement here, Mr Vaiko, who faced the just concluded Lok Sabha polls as an ally of the BJP, said the peaceful agitation would be held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at 1100 hrs.
He said MDMK workers would participate in large numbers the demonstration to oppose Mr Rajapakse's participation in the swearing-in ceremony of the new government headed by the BJP-led NDA.
Accusing Mr Rajapakse of indulging in genocide of Tamils during the final phase of the Eelam war in Lanka, Mr Vaiko said it was his bounden duty to register in the history their anguish and resentment over Mr Rajapakse's participation in the function.
"It is our inevitable duty that we have to oppose Mr Rajapakse setting his foot on the Indian soil", he added.
Mr Vaiko, who was the first to condemn the participation of Mr Rajapakse in the function, also met Mr Modi and BJP President Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and appealed to them to withdraw it.
Leaders of various political parties, including AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, DMK President M Karunanidhi, BJP's allies the MDMK and the PMK, besides VCK and Dravidar Kazhagam have strongly opposed the decision to invite Mr Rajapakse for the swearing-in function and appealed to the BJP to reconsider it.
(Posted on 24-05-2014)