Chennai, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Breaking his silence over invitation extended by BJP's Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi inviting Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse to attend his swearing-in at New Delhi on May 26, its ally in Tamil Nadu DMDK president Vijaykant today announced 'boycott' of the function.

In a statement here today, the actor-politician though did not directly use the expression boycott, said if Mr Rajapakse was to attend the function along with the other seven representatives of SAARC nations whom Mr Modi has invited, the "DMDK would definitely not attend the swearing- in."

He reminded Mr Modi that during his campaigning in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu on April 24, he had highlighted that BJP-led Mr Modi must form the next government at the Centre.

And when he met with Mr Modi in New Delhi, later, he had urged him to find a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils, fishermen and other problems of Tamil Nadu, Mr Vijaykant recalled, adding Mr Modi had promised him.

He said Mr Modi must atleast now withdraw the invitation to Mr Rajapakse in the wake of widespread objection by many political parties and protests by a few against the Sri Lankan President's visit.

The DMDK was the main ally of the BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls and was allotted the maximum of 14 seats.

The other ally MDMK which was allotted four seats, has announced a black flag demonstration in New Delhi on Monday in protest against Mr Rajapakse's visit.

(Posted on 25-05-2014)