Rajinikanth cancels trip to Sri Lanka; asks Tamil leaders not to prevent his next visit

VCK chief T. Thirumavalavan had said that Rajinikanth's visit might prove to the world that things are back to normal in Sri Lanka.

Published: 25th March 2017 04:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2017 03:25 AM   |  A+A-

Actor Rajinikanth (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Following requests from political leaders, Kollywood superstar Rajinikanth on Saturday announced that he was cancelling his two-day visit to Sri Lanka on an invitation from Lyca Productions, which is alleged to have links with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Making it clear that he has decided to stay away from the function organised by Lyca Productions in Vavuniya in Sri Lanka following ‘affectionate requests’ from leaders of some political parties in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth made an appeal to them not to prevent him from visiting Lanka if he gets another opportunity in the future. 

Rajinikanth was to attend an event organised by the cinema production house on April 9 to hand over 150 houses built in the war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka for the affected families belonging to the ethnic Tamil community. 

VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan welcomed the decision of Rajinikanth. 
Rajinikanth said while Thirumavalavan made this request through media, MDMK general secretary Vaiko called him over telephone in this regard. 

Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader T Velmurugan had conveyed his request through friends, pointing out many political reasons. “Though I cannot accept the reasons put forth by them wholeheartedly, I will stay away from this function, accepting their affectionate request,”, he said. 

“I wish to underscore one thing. I am not a politician, but an artiste. As pointed out by Thirumavalavan, my duty is to entertain the people. If I get another opportunity to visit Lanka and meet the Tamil people there, I request you not to prevent me from visiting the place where a holy war took place. I take privilege in making this request with affection,” Rajinikanth added. 

Hailing Subaskaran, chairman of Lyca Productions, as a compassionate person, Rajinikanth said he had constructed 150 houses, in memory of his mother Gnanambika, for the people in Vavuniya who had lost their houses.  

The function to present the houses to the beneficiaries is scheduled for April 9. 
Besides, Malaysian Senate Member Vigneswaran and Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan, MP from United Kingdom James Berry and Chief Minister of Northern Province CV Vigneswaran are scheduled to attend the function. 

On the occasion, it has also been decided to give funds for constructing Research Building for Jaffna University. On April 10, Rajinikanth is scheduled to visit Vavuniya and hand over the houses to the people and plant saplings. Besides, he has also planned to visit Mullaithivu, Kilinochi and Pudukudiyiruppu. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp