30 students held for protest at Rajinikant's residence
Thirty students were detained by police when they tried to lay siege at superstar Rajinikant's residence, who, is slated to be present for the swearing-in of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on May 26.
The move came in the midst of protests by political parties espousing the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka against Mr Modi's invitation to Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to attend his swearing-in in New Delhi.
According to police the students owed allegiance to a particular group said 'they would boycott Rajini films' if the actor attends the swearing-in ceremony honouring Mr Modi's invitation to him.
They urged him to respect the sentiments of Tamil people who were deeply hurt over the invitation to Mr Rajapakse, whose government was allegedly responsible for the genocide against Tamils in Lanka during the Eelam war of Lankan Army in 2009 against the LTTE.
One of the students said if Mr Rajini attends Mr Modi's oath taking ceremony they would boycott all his movies in future.
A pro-Tamil outfit, on May 17, also demanded that Rajinikant should not attend the swearing-in Rajinikant very well understands Tamil Nadu's sentiments.
He should stand by Tamil Nadu's political opinions and should not go and collaborate with the genocidal President', the movement's organiser Thirumurugan Gandhi said.
Meanwhile, G K Vasan, former Union Shipping Minister in the Congress-led UPA government, also expressed opposition to Mr Rajapaksa being invited to the swearing-in tomorrow.
"I request Mr Modi to rethink on the invite and withdraw the invitation to the Sri Lankan President respecting the sentiments of crores of Tamils in Tamil Nadu and worldwide," he said.
(Posted on 26-05-2014)