Sanchi trip: Vaiko stopped on MP border

Refusing to get swayed by a floral welcome extended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,MDMK general secretary Vaiko dug his heels on Madhya Pradesh border

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:September 20, 2012 12:38 am

Refusing to get swayed by a floral welcome extended by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan,MDMK general secretary Vaiko dug his heels on Madhya Pradesh border saying that he would go to Sanchi at any cost to wave black flags before Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa,who arrived in India on Wednesday,is to lay the foundation stone of Sanchi University of Buddhist and Indic studies on Friday.

Along with hundreds of his supporters,Vaiko entered the MP border from Maharashtra around 4 pm and refused to get arrested as suggested by the state government. On the CM’s instructions,the Chhindwara Collector and SP offered Vaiko flowers,but this failed to impress the Tamil leader who claimed Chouhan had promised to meet him in Bhopal,not on the border. Vaiko had left from Tamil Nadu with his supporters in two dozen buses after rejecting Chouhan’s request to call off his protest.

SP Purushottam Sharma said the protesters had warned that they would not remain quiet if attempts were made to arrest them.

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