Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko has said that on September 17 he and his party activists would leave Chennai for Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh in a convoy of 30 buses. The objective: To protest the arrival of Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the world heritage site, 45 km from Bhopal, to inaugurate a Buddhist study centre on September 21. The MDMK has been protesting Rajapaksa’s visit as they hold him responsible for the death of thousands of Tamils during the civil war in the island nation. Speaking to an Indian media, Vaiko said, “Many others would leave by train and flight and we expect nearly 3,000 workers to be in Sanchi to hold a black flag protest against Rajapakse.” He added: “Rajapaksa’s hands are stained with the blood of innocent Tamils killed during the war in Sri Lanka.   ]]>

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