The proposed visit by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India is creating ripples in Tamil Nadu, with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), a constituent of United Progressive Alliance, registering its protest against the tour.
Briefing newspersons on the sidelines of a conference on reservation in private sector organised in Chennai on Sunday, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan said the Sri Lankan President should not be allowed into the country (India), as he had allegedly committed genocide against the Tamils in the neighbouring nation.
“I will be meeting the Prime Minister or Minister of External Affairs in this connection, in a couple of days,” the Chidambaram MP said.
Asked about the stand of the Centre that Sri Lanka is a friendly nation, he said, claiming that Sri Lanka is friendly itself is an insult.
“The island nation is having cordial relations with China and Pakistan. However, India’s friendly gesture towards Sri Lanka remains unreciprocated,” he added.
To a question on whether he would make a collective representation with the Prime Minister in company of other Parliamentarians from Tamil Nadu, Thirumavalavan replied that no decision has been taken in this regard.
Answering another question on a section of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees fleeing from India, he urged the Government to improve the facilities for the refugees in the country and provide identity cards for them.
It may be recalled that Rajapaksa is likely to visit India later this month, primarily to lay the foundation stone of a Centre for Buddhist Studies in Madhya Pradesh’s Sanchi, home to some of the vital and finest Buddhist monuments.(Express News Service)
Why visiting places he is not welcome? Looks like it is a complex.
Subbiah Monday, 03 September 2012 05:52 AM
Indian government should closely watch this party which will pose a threat to the unity of India.
Freddy Monday, 03 September 2012 06:19 AM
If the members of Tamil Nadu is so supportive of the Sri Lankan Tamils why didn't they accept the bogus refugees. Obviously Tamil Nadu leaders have been only supporting the Tamil terrorist cause. Which is against the Indian parliaments strategy. Or are the transnational group taking over the Tamil Nadu leadership. Or are they Tamil Nadu financers.I see fear in the Tamil Nadu leadership and it seem they forgot their their own homeland.
Nodrog Monday, 03 September 2012 07:43 AM
The Indian central govts always giving in to Jayalalitha is a tragedy waiting to happen and will soon spread to all the states.
Ravi Seneviratne Monday, 03 September 2012 07:37 AM
We would like to know the Indian general public's views on this issue ,
Ajay Monday, 03 September 2012 08:30 AM
He will be given warm welcome. Tamil Nadu is not India; it's part of India.
Mohammed Monday, 03 September 2012 08:18 AM
Talking about reciprocation ? Do india has good relations with Pakistan, China ?
daniel roth Monday, 03 September 2012 08:46 AM
Make the Indian public aware of the number of Indian Tamils who have been made citizens of Sri Lanka during the last twenty years and before ! What would Jayalalitha say if we were to strip them and send them back?. Would she welcome them back? Does she realize her blindness to civilized life ? Rousing the rabble has been done by many, & have had dire consequenses fior humanity. Such people shoul be exposed for their misereble political ambitions !!!
D.P.Liyanage Monday, 03 September 2012 08:40 AM
If our neighbouring country does not like to welcome our president (though it is only in Tamil Nadu), he should refrain from travelling in that area. If this menace spreads in other states what would be our action? It is high time to think about. Tamil Nadu politicians always help Tamil Terrorists not Tamil Civilians or innicent Tamil people. China & pakistan may friendly countries of Sri lanka. we should strenghten our relation ship with those countries if India thinks we are not their friendly country anymore.
Imran Hussein Monday, 03 September 2012 10:39 AM
Indian general public has no issues with this at all. Its the TN politicians (not the people) making a drama to show how concern they are about the Tamils in SL. JJ actually wasnt an LTTE sympethizer but she always voiced for the effected tamil people. Now, JJ too got to compete with DMK keeping the future elections in mind. Generally the Indian public like Srilankans.
patana Monday, 03 September 2012 12:05 PM
Well, let us visit our good friends Pakistan or Iran.
Mason Monday, 03 September 2012 01:06 PM
Well, well our neighbours are better organised than the UK guys. They are protesting in advance to keep MR at bay. Will the warning sink in or will MR be disgraced a third time ??
kumisura Monday, 03 September 2012 02:27 PM
A possible answer for Imran Hussein. Because a protest against our President from another country can be harnessed to whip up jingoism here and hence stir a few more voters to rally behind the President's party at the current elections. Leave no stone unturned in the election campaign, even if the result is already in the bag.
yohar Monday, 03 September 2012 03:26 PM
India helped to win the LTTE war for sri lanka, so sri lanka must visit india in response to thank, the victory aided by India.Very Fair indeed.
Nero Monday, 03 September 2012 03:55 PM
wac Tuesday, 04 September 2012 03:04 AM
As country I dont like the the way India is acting. However, for MR its a good lesson ....
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