DMK to protest against Lankan Prez visit
Chennai, Feb 8 : Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) is expected to protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Chennai on Friday, led by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK, said reports.
The Sri Lankan President is scheduled to arrive in the city on Friday.
The protesters, who are likely to wear black dresses to convey their disapproval of Rajapaksa's visit, will be led by DMK chief's son and party treasurer MK Stalin.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi, whose party is a key ally in the UPA, said TESO is staging the protest to send a clear message to the Sri Lankan President as well as the Centre since the island government failed to keep it's promise.
"Central Government should realise at least now that the island government is not keeping its promises after the Sri Lankan President ruled out autonomy for Tamil areas," Karunanidhi was quoted as saying.
Rajapaksa is on a 'personal visit' and will fly from Colombo to Bodh Gaya first and then proceed to the Tirupati temple, before returning to Sri Lanka.
The Lankan president is avoiding New Delhi during this trip despite concerns over how India will vote in the upcoming UN human rights meet in Geneva.
The DMK has even asked the Centre recently to discourage the visit of the Sri Lankan president to India, said reports.
The party criticised Rajapaksa's decision for ruling out greater political autonomy for Tamils, saying India should at least "wake up" now and help secure their livelihood and democratic rights.
"Mr Rajapaksa has failed to honour the promise given to India and other global organisations for long on granting political autonomy with the latest announcement which should be condemned," Karunanidhi was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka was accused of war crimes and human rights violations by pro-Tamil groups and many international organisations during the final phase of war against the Tamil tigers which reportedly resulted in the deaths of about one lakh civilians.