Self-immolation protestor dies, anti-Rajapaksa agitations intensify in Tamil Nadu

26-year old auto driver Vijayaraj from Salem in Tamil Nadu, who immolated himself on Monday early morning protesting Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday noon. A follower of Periyaar, member of CITU, and a supporter of the Tamil Eelam cause, Vijayaraj, despite being in his death bed, insisted on talking to media at the hospital that Rajapaksa should not be allowed into India. I did it, because Tamils in unison should rise up against the Indian government that welcomes Rajapaksa even after seeing the heroic sacrifices, he was cited by Tamil media Nakkeeran. Agitations intensify in Tamil Nadu, while the BJP Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivaraj Singh Chauhan, claims that Rajapaksa’s visit to Sanchi to inaugurate a Buddhist University is ‘apolitical’.

Tamil Nadu political parties have intensified their protests against the entry of the genocide-accused SL President to India.

Leaders and supporters of the MDMK are on a journey to the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to oppose the presence of Rajapaksa at the function on 21 September with black flags.

Meanwhile, activists belonging to Naam Tamizhar Katchi have observed a daylong bandh in Puduchery on Tuesday.

About 1050 MDMK activists will be travelling on 21 buses to Madhya Pradesh. These include 50 women working under MDMK women’s wing state secretary Kumari Vijayakumar.

Other MDMK stalwarts Ganeshamurthi, Mallai Sathya, Velacheri Manimaran will be travelling along with party leader Vaiko.

DMK leader Karunanidhi has also urged the centre to stop Rajapaksa’s visit to India.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa’s stand on declaring Rajapaksa a war criminal is well known.

Mr Vijayaraj is a member of the CITU, which is a trade union of the Marxist Communist Party of India (CPI-M). His party follows an anti-Eezham stand, and in recent times it was seen in alliance with the Congress and BJP on the Eezham issue.

While the grassroot of Tamil Nadu and almost all the powerful political parties of the state, impelled by the realities, have taken up the Rajapaksa-visit issue as their own struggle for justice and self-respect, the detractors in New Delhi and Washington are busy in luring the TNA and some articulating sections in the diaspora to engage in submissive talks with Rajapaksa, compromising with the fundamentals of the struggle, informed circles commented.

The Eezham Tamil grassroot in the island and in the diaspora is simmering with anger over the deceptions of a polity that takes place behind their back. Their anger at seeing the least respect they receive from New Delhi and Washington even for their democratic struggle and righteous demands has now come to a silent but boiling point, the informed circles further commented.

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