Vaiko to protest in Delhi ahead of Rajapaksa’s visit

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko Gopalaswamy is preparing to stage a protest in New Delhi this week ahead of the visit by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit New Delhi on Friday on an official visit and Vaiko has called on his party supporters to gather in Delhi on Thursday to stage a black flag protest.

Vaiko has also called on the Indian Government to protect the interests of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

In a statement he said, the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka’s new President has sparked war fears among the Tamils, DT Next reported.

President Rajapaksa has been credited with ending the Tamil separatist war when he was the defence secretary.

Vaiko’s statement claims President Gotabaya has ordered armed troops to patrol the streets in the Tamil dominated northern and eastern parts of the country.

The statement pointed out that hundreds of Tamils were killed or went missing during the final stages of the separatist war.

He said it was the responsibility of the Indian Government to ensure the welfare of Sri Lanka’s Tamils.


  1. Another pea-brained goat-herder standard politician (Vaiko) playing to the goats. Gota has only just been elected. At least give him some time to implement policies and chart a course of action before levelling criticism.

    Because of past perceptions, Gota needs to get on the front foot and proceed quickly to progressive action.Surrounding himself with sixteen misfits in his so-called cabinet was not a positive start. Gota demonstrated astute judgement with the appointment of Kamal Gunaratne as defence secretary. All he needs to do is find another sixteen Kamal Gunaratne’s. Surely, this is not an impossible task even in Sri Lanka.


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