Friday, 23 May 2014 - 9:22
Update : President to New Delhi to attend Modi's swearing in ceremony. President invites NP Chief Minister to join the tour.
Indian Prime Minister Elect Narendra Modi’s invitation to attend his swearing in ceremony has been accepted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Presidential Media Coordinating Secretary Vijaya-nanda Herath told our news team that the President will attend the swearing in ceremony of the Prime Minister Elect Narendra Modi on the 26th in New Delhi.
The Indian media too has reported today that the Sri Lankan President has accepted the invitation.
The President has thanked the Premier Elect Narendra Modi for his invitation via a Twitter message.
President Mahinda Rajapakse has also extended an invitation to the Northern provincial council Chief Minister C V Vigneshwaran to join his delegation to attend Modi’s swearing in ceremony.
Meanwhile, 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, also condemned the decision to invite President Rajapaksa.
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.
Update : Friday, 23 May 2014 - 13:19
President Rajapakse accepts Narendra Modi's invitation.
President Mahinda Rajapakse accepted Narendra Modi’s invitation from India’s Prime Minister Elect Narendra Modi and will attend the swearing in ceremony on the 26th of May.
The swearing in ceremony of India's Prime Minister elect is to be held on May 26 at the forecourt of Rastrapathi Bawan.