Tamils protest against Salman Khan over his support to Mahinda Rajapaksa
A Tamil group on Sunday protested against actor Salman Khan outside his residence in Mumbai over his support to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
According to reports, the protesters have said that they will continue to hold protests until the actor apologies for his campaigning in support of Rajapakasa. According to police, 16 protesters have been detained.
Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Jacqueline Fernandez and five other Bollywood performers were roped in to campaign for Rajapaksa in the upcoming Presidential elections.
MDMK and DMK criticised Salman Khan and said it was not just the issue of Tamils in that country, but also that of the Indian fishermen.
MDMK founder Vaiko had criticised Khan for campaigning for Rajapaksa, who is testing his fortunes in next month’s Presidential elections in Sri Lanka, eying a third term.
Rajapaksa is under fire from political parties in Tamil Nadu as he was at the helm of affairs in 2009 when civilian casualties in the Tamil-dominated areas in Sri Lanka’s northeast reportedly peaked during the last leg of the war between Lankan army and LTTE.
The presidential election will take place on January 8 as Rajapaksa called the election two years ahead of schedule in an apparent attempt to seek fresh mandate before his party’s popularity tumbles further, after dropping over 21 per cent in September local elections.