CHENNAI: The decision to invite the Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa for the swearing in of Narendra Modi has angered the AIADMK and the BJP’s Tamil Nadu allies.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa said on Thursday that there was no necessity to invite Rajapaksa.
There is now speculation that she may not even attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
In a statement, Jayalalithaa said:
“I have noted with dismay reports in the media that the Sri Lankan President, Thiru Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to the Swearing-in Ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India and that the Sri Lankan President has accepted the invitation and stated that he will be present at the ceremony.
The sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and Tamils living in other parts of India and abroad are well known in the matter pertaining to Sri Lankan Tamils. There has been a General Election to the Lok Sabha and a new Government is to take charge in a few days, but this in no way alters the already existing strained relations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.
The entire country and indeed the entire world is aware of the various Resolutions passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly during the last three years, with regard to the war crimes, ethnic pogrom and genocide perpetrated against the Sri Lankan Tamil people by the Sri Lankan Army under the Rajapaksa Government in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka.
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