Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 13:20
The BJP's decision to invite Sri Lankan President cretaes deep anguish among its allies in Tamil Nadu.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s decision to invite the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, for Narendra Modi’s swearing-in function has caused deep anguish and resentment among its allies in Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend his swearing-in ceremony on May 26th has put BJP's allies in Tamil Nadu and chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a tight spot.
With President Rajapaksa accepting the invitation, sources in AIADMK said Jayalalithaa may skip the event and depute a senior leader to take part in the ceremony.
MDMK chief Vaiko, a BJP ally, condemned the decision to invite President Rajapaksa.
Vaiko said Congress was decimated in the recent elections in Tamil Nadu as it took several anti-Tamil measures and also supported the Lankan army in the ethnic war.
Even for the swearing-in of the NDA government in 1998 and 1999, and the Manmohan Singh government in 2004 and 2009, the Lankan President was not invited.
Vaiko said BJP should take this into consideration.
Justifying the invite, Tamil Nadu BJP leader Pon Radhakrishan said the alliance partners and other TN parties should understand the need to have a friendly neigbhour.
When contacted, Sri Lankan high commissioner to India Prasad Kariawasam said President Rajapakse will attend the swearing-in ceremony of India's new government.