Chennai, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

Joining the chorus of protests by political parties espousing the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils, against the invitation to President Mahinda' Rajapakse to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today expressed anguish.

'The state is anguished at BJP inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to Modi swearing in', she said in a strongly worded sttement here this evening.

Ms Jayalalithaa stated that there was no necessity to invite him(Rajapakse). 'We had hoped that the new government would be sympathetic to the cause of Tamils,' she pointed out.

'This(inviting Rajapakse) is unfortunated', the Chief Minister charged.

She said it would have been better if Rajapakse had not been invited.

Ms Jayalalithaa averred that the move to invite Mr Rajapakse 'deeply hurt the sentiments of Tamils' and added even before the new Prime Minister and the new Government assumed office and begin functioning, 'this unfortunate move of inviting the Sri Lankan President to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India has deeply upset the people of Tamil Nadu and wounded their sentiments all over again'.

This was tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche, she said. 'It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new Government to be formed at the Centre'. she added..

This was particularly with regard to the relationship of the new Central Government with the Government of Tamil Nadu, she said and added it would have been better if this ill- advised move had been avoided.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)