Mahinda Rajapakse's upcoming visit to India is becoming the political headache for Delhi it was predicted to be.
A 26-year old male has self-immolated in Tamil Nadu against the proposed visit and is said to be in a critical condition with 95% burns and the Union territory of Puducheri was completely shut down, in protest at Rajapakse's visit to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh later this week.
MDMK leader Vaiko slammed Madhya Pradesh's BJP government and said he will go ahead with a planned protest in Sanchi, while talking to Headlines Today.
“It’s atrocious that BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government has invited Rajapakse, who was responsible for the genocide of thousands of Tamils.
“He is coming with the blood-stained hands and he cannot be forgive..It’s the Sinhala regime that destroyed nearly 2,000 Hindu temples in Sri Lanka.
“I made a request that he should not be allowed to enter Sanchi. It’s a place of peace, but this man Rajapakse has committed the genocide of Tamils and has killed thousands of Tamils. With what an audacity the MP government invited him.
“Sushma Swaraj says ‘we didn’t invite (Rajapakse)’ and on 15th September, MP chief minister writes to me and says to promote peace and harmony in the Asian continent.
“To express our disgust and anger and expose the gruesome killings of Tamils to the entire world we are marching towards Sanchi…The whole of India should realise that our kith and kin were brutally murdered by the Sinhala regime with the help of the UPA government. They supplied arms and money to commit the genocide.
“We can never forgive the BJP.”
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh had urged Vaiko to call off the protest, as Rajapakse's visit was "apolitical".
Reports on Monday indicated that Vaiko had left for Sanchi for the protest which is expected to draw thousands.