Rajinikanth cancelled his controversial Sri Lankan visit
Following stiff opposition from Tamil outfits, the aging South Indian Tamil actor Rajinikanth on Saturday announced he has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka next month - April 9th, to inaugurate a housing scheme.
The parties -- Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) – opposed Rajinikanth’s visit and had advised to reconsider his decision.
They warned him that he will earn the wrath of the Tamil community if he goes ahead with the visit, scheduled from April 9.
VCK chief T. Thirumavalavan had said that Rajinikanth's visit might prove to the world that things are back to normal in Sri Lanka.
In reply to Thirumavalavan's statement, Rajinikanth said: "I'm not a politician, but merely an artist."
In a three-page statement issued on Saturday, the 66-year-old fast balding actor said he accepted the invitation, because he wanted to see the places where the Tamils lived and died for their cause in the island nation.
Earlier this week, Lyca Mobile announced that the actor Rajanikanth will hand over the keys to 150 homes built for Tamils by Gnanam Foundation on April 9 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Rajinikanth is currently busy shooting for Tamil science-fiction action film "2.o", being produced by Alliraja Subaskaran of Lyca Mobiles.
Lyca mobile, a London based mobile phone company owned by Allirajah Subaskaran, who is originally from Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka and has invested Indian money INR 500 crore (5000million) to the Tamil science-fiction action film "2.o", a sequel to his own 2010 blockbuster "Enthiran.
Allirajah Subaskaran founded a charity in his mother Gnanambikai Allirajah. The Gnanam Foundation, founded somewhere in 2010 said to provide help for marginalized communities and those who have been abandoned without care
Allirajah Subaskaran, a British citizen invited Rajanikanth to visit Sri Lanka and declare open the 150 houses funded by ‘The Gnanam Foundation,’.
Rajinikanth who accepted the invitation of his mega film producer to visit Sri Lanka next month to inaugurate a housing scheme, but suddenly on Saturday announced that he has cancelled the trip following protests from the Tamil outfits.
In the meantime, earlier it was reported that Allirajah Subaskaran, has worked closely with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son Namal Rajapaksa MP was given a red carpet welcome when he visited Sri Lanka.
However though in the past, Allirajah Subaskaran has been loosely linked to Rajapaksa during the time he was in power, Lyca’s travel agency Lycafly was made the preferred partner of Sri Lankan Airlines, which is chaired by Rajapaksa’s brother-in-law but for reasons unknown it did not take off.
However, according to reports, Lyca mobile has given Conservatives of the United Kingdom, more than £300,000 in last nine months, but has paid no corporation tax for three years.
In the meantime, The Conservative party’s biggest donor, the telecoms giant Lyca mobile, has been raided by French police on suspicion of money laundering and tax fraud, BuzzFeed News can reveal. Nineteen people were arrested in Paris last week and nine of them were charged on Friday, including Lyca mobile’s general manager in France, Alain Jochimek.
Anyhow, the Director of Tamil science-fiction action film "2.o, S. Shankar and Rajanikanth – both have fleeced Allirajah Subaskaran INR 500 Croer which was earlier estimated only INR 350 Croer as the cost of production.
The Tamil film artist who extorted more than INR 50 croer ‘in white, as well in black’ from the film producer, accepted the invitation to visit Sri Lanka to declare open the houses, but the feeble-legged Actor has decided against the visit.
Following protests and opposition from Tamil outfits, the 66-year-old actor requested leaders in Tamil Nadu not to politicize and stop him from going to Sri Lanka in future "if I get a chance to meet and entertain Tamils later".
In a three page statement, the actor referred to the struggle by Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka and said he wanted "to breathe air on the land where lakhs had fought for their rights and died".
With inputs from News Agencies
- Asian Tribune -