Amid controversy surrounding Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's cancelled visit to Sri Lanka, many pro-Tamil groups today held a video conference in Chennai with Sri Lankan Tamils.
In the conference, many Sri Lankan Tamils spoke of their ordeal, including how army is still holding their lands and complained of curbs on freedom of expression.
Here are the latest developments:
- Convener of the meeting, Viduthalai Ciruthaigal Katchi leader Thirumavalavan stated, he didn't want Rajinikanth to visit Sri Lanka, as it would overshadow the people's protest.
- "They are still fighting to regain their lands and they want the report from the government about the people who had gone missing after surrendering to the army. His visit now will definitely divert the issue," he said.
- The Sri Lankan Tamils also voiced concerns on 29,000 missing Tamilians.
- On the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) meet, he mentioned that if Rajinikanth shares the dais with Sirisena and TNA MPs, it would look like the situation has simmered.
- Reacting to Namal Rajapaksa's tweet, Thirumavalavan remarked,"He doesn't know anything about Tamil Nadu politics or Sri Lankan politics. I strongly condemn the statement of Mahinda Rajapakse's son".
- "We don't oppose Rajinikanth or Lyca, we are only worried about Sri Lankan politics. The Indian government and Sri Lankan government want to show that welfare schemes are being initiated for the victimised people- which is not true", he stated.
- Thirumavalavan alleges that army has not been removed from the Tamil province and claimed that Sammandhan, a Tamil northern province leader has joined hands with Sirisena.
- He reiterated that they have no problem in Rajinikanth visiting the island nation after these issues get resolved.
- Rajinikanth had reasoned that he wanted to visit Lanka to see the places where Tamils lived. He also mentioned that he wanted to meet Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, to find a solution for the pertaining fishermen problem.
- But he cancelled the visit following protests from the pro-Tamil groups like Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).