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Rajinikanth's Sri Lanka visit opposed by Tamil nationalist party

Rajinikanth will attend a two-day-long event in Jaffna, Sri Lanka to present 150 homes to displaced Tamils. Photograph: (Twitter)

PTI Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Mar 24, 2017, 02.57 PM (IST)

Superstar Rajinikanth's reported visit to Sri Lanka to launch a housing scheme is facing opposition from a group here.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan Friday urged Rajinikanth to drop his Sri Lanka visit to participate in an event organized by Lyca Group's Gnanam Foundation.

Lyca has produced Rajinikanth's upcoming movie "2.0".

The actor will attend a two-day-long event in Jaffna, Sri Lanka to present 150 homes to displaced Tamils on April 9 and 10, according to a statement by Raju Mahalingam, Creative Head of Lyca Productions.

"I have no personal agenda against Rajinikanth. We are good friends. But, I strongly oppose his decision to visit Sri Lanka and participate in an event organized by Lyca, which has business ties with the Sri Lankan government," Thirumavalavan claimed.

"Artists should only entertain people. We, on behalf of our party 'Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi' request Rajnikanth not to earn Tamil people's hatred by participating in this event."

Thirumavalavan said he has also sought an appointment to meet Rajinikanth to discuss the matter.

"I have sought an appointment to meet Rajinikanth in person... I will hand over a memorandum and request him to drop his visit," he said. 

(PTI)
 

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