Modi's invitation to Rajapaksa upsets Vaiko
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) supremo Vaiko said he is upset at Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi inviting Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on May 26.
"At this juncture if Rajapaksa is invited, whose hands are stained with the blood of Tamils, that will be a bolt from the blue for the people of Tamil Nadu. I have made my reservation clear. I am waiting what decision Narendra Modi and the NDA is going to take," Vaiko was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.
Vaiko also reportedly wrote to Modi expressing his displeasure at the move.
Meanwhile BJP President Rajnath Singh has invited Vaiko to discuss the matter.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday criticized Modi for inviting Rajapaksa.
"Modi has the blessings and support of the people of India. He should have respected Tamil sentiments and avoided inviting the Lanka President to his oath-taking ceremony," said DMK leader T. K. S. Elangovan.
Pertinently, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa is likely to skip Modi's oath-taking ceremony in New Delhi, said reports on Thursday.
AIADMK sources said Jayalalithaa took the decision a day after Modi invited Rajapaksa to his swearing-in.
(Posted on 23-05-2014)