The proposed visit of President Mahinda Rajapakse to Sanchi next week for laying foundation of a Buddhist University will not be changed, the Madhya Pradesh government stated.
In a letter to MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko urged the state government to cancel the visit of Rajapakse, scheduled on September 21.
However, the state government of India has said that the visit of President Rajapaksa to Sanchi will not be changed.
"The Sri Lankan President is coming to Sanchi as scheduled and there will not be any change in the programme," State Chief Secretary R. Parsuram told Indian media.
“A delegation of MDMK also met the Chief Minister on the issue and it was explained to them that the state government has extended invitation to the heads of 15 countries to take part in the event, and not just to Sri Lanka, and urged them not to hold the planned protest," the chief secretary said.
Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonpo Jigme Thinley has also confirmed participation at the event, Parsuram said.
"We consider Sanchi as a symbol of peace and the university is being set up with the aim of promoting Indian and Buddhist studies and there is no other motive behind it," he added.