India: Rajinikanth cancels proposed visit to Sri Lanka after protests
TVK founder and former MLA T Velmurugan said the actor should not 'fall prey' to the efforts to paint a rosy picture of Sinhala-Tamil relations in the island nation. Photograph: (Facebook)
Tamil megastar Rajinikanth has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka to inaugurate a housing scheme in Jaffna -- home to Sri Lankan Tamils -- after he met with opposition from pro-Tamil outfits in his state.
VCK chief Thirumavalavan&MDMK chief Vaiko urged me not to visit Sri Lanka,accepted their request because of cordial relationship-Rajinikanth pic.twitter.com/JURKDP3V1D— ANI (@ANI_news) March 25, 2017
Rajinikanth was to participate in a function in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, scheduled for April 9 and April 10, to formally hand over 150 free houses constructed for the internally displaced Tamils in the island nation.
According to reports, Tamil fringe groups like Viduthalai Chiruthaigal KAtchi (VCK), Marumarlarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMDK) and few others are opposing the actor’s visit.
“There are efforts to involve him in the ethnic issue. Superstar (Rajinikanth) should not get involved in this matter and I say this as a friend,” VCK founder Thol. Thirumavalavan told a Tamil TV channel.
TVK founder and former MLA T Velmurugan said the actor should not “fall prey” to the efforts to paint a rosy picture of Sinhala-Tamil relations in the island nation.
“At a time when Tamils are seeking justice for the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, Rajinikanth’s visit does not augur well. This is an attempt by Sri Lankan government through Lyca to create an image that Sinhalas and Tamils are living unitedly,” he told PTI.
The homes have been constructed by Gnanam Foundation. The event is being organised by Lyca Productions, which is also producing the star’s next release, 2.0 .
(WION with inputs from agencies)