Some 800 people in the Chittoor district, in Andhra Pradesh where the Tirupati temple is located have been taken into preventive custody; they were reportedly planning large protests over President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit, the NDTV reported.
Mr Rajapakse will offer his prayers at the famous Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh early tomorrow morning. He flies into the state this evening on a private plane, with a delegation of nearly 70 people that includes his family.
In Chennai, DMK chief M Karuanidhi addressed a gathering of 3,000 party workers along with other A-listers from his party, including his son, MK Stalin, his daughter M Kanimozhi and former union minister A Raja.
In Delhi, Vaiko, the head of the MDMK, was were today detained when he, along with supporters, tried to march towards the Prime Minister's residence in protest against Mr Rajapaskse's visit.