[ Thursday, 20 September 2012, 03:21.14 AM GMT +05:30 ]
Amidst ongoing protests in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa will have dinner on Thursday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi, where the latter is expected to raise the issue of effective devolution of powers in Tamil-majority areas in north and east of the island nation.
Rajapaksa will reach Delhi on Wednesday night and then fly to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh by an IAF aircraft and then in a helicopter on Thursday morning.
He, along with the Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonpo Jigme Thinley, has been invited by the Madhya Pradesh government for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the University of Buddhist and India Studies in Sanchi.
MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and party workers Wednesday staged a sit-in at Badhchicholi, a village in Madhya Pradesh near the Maharashtra border, after they were stopped from proceeding to Sanchi to protest the scheduled visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, The Pioneer reports.
Political parties from Tamil Nadu DMK, MDMK, PMK and Nam Tamilar party thoroughly condemn the Lankan presidents visit towards India.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa schedule to lay foundation stone for University of Buddhist studies in Sanchi in India.
Some of the political parties stage protest against the arrival of president Rajapaksa and also urge central government not to welcome the Lankan president towards India. MDMK general secretary Vaiko has written special letter towards Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister.
However Lankan president arrive to New Delhi by a special flight last evening.
Lankan president received red carpet welcome at the Indra Gandhi international airport.
Lankan president Rajapaksa schedule to meet Pranab Mukarjee at 5.00 pm this evening and also take part in tea party.
Lankan president would meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his official residence at 7.00 pm today.
During the time of meeting both leaders would discuss about the Lankan Navy attack against the Indian fishermen in the mid sea and also about Indian sponsored resettlement activities of Tamil people in SriLanka.
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