Chennai, May 23 UNI | 2 months ago

Joining the long list of political parties opposing the invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, DMK president M Karunanidhi today urged the Centre to have a rethink on the issue and drop the move.

In a statement here, he said the Centre should rethink on whether a person, who was responsbile for the killing of lakhs of Lankan Tamils and who was fully involved in the annihilation of Tamil race should participate in the swearing-in ceremony.

"The Central Government should deeply ponder over whether a person who had launched a war against our own citizens and who had scant respect for human rights should attend the swearing-in ceremony", he said and urged the Centre to drop the move.

"Inviting Mr Rajapaksa for the swearing-in ceremony of Mr Narendra Modi and his participation is not acceptable to the people of Tamil Nadu and to the Tamils across the world", he added.

Launching a diatribe against the previous Congress-led UPA regime, Mr Karunanidhi, whose party had severed ties with the UPA over the Lankan Tamils issue, said despite several reminders about the anti-tamil stance adopted by Colombo, the UPA regime had turned a deaf ear and had consistently said that Sri Lanka was a freindly neighbour.

He said the new BJP Government which is all set to assume office at the Centre should immediately realise that it was an issue concerning the sentiments of Tamils.

The Centre's decision to invite Mr Rajpakse for the swearing in had raised the political heat in Tamil Nadu by a few notches, with leaders of several parties, including Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, BJP's ally MDMK, VCK and Dravidar Kazhagam castigting the Centre and have expressed their deep anguish and resentment.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)