Hours before Narendra Modi took over the reins of NDA government, alliance partner MDMK staged a protest against inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the swearing-in. MDMK chief Vaiko and supporters were detained after they defied prohibitory orders. Some protesters set on fire a Sri Lankan flag and burnt effigies of Rajapaksa. Vaiko said no Sri Lankan head of state was invited when A B Vajpayee was sworn in as Prime Minister. Even Manmohan Singh had not invited the Sri Lankan President for his swearing-in, he added.
“We have lost our brothers and sisters. They (Sri Lankan Tamils) have been brutally murdered. What for he (Rajapaksa) should be brought in?” Vaiko said.
Vaiko had earlier met Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh to convey his objection.