DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday said Narendra Modi’s invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing-in was “not acceptable and unwelcome” by Tamils all over the world and urged the BJP leader to drop the initiative.
“The Centre should deeply ponder over whether a person who had killed lakhs of Tamils, indulged in ethnic cleansing and someone who had waged a war against his own people should participate in the swearing-in of Narendra Modi and request them to drop the initiative,” he said in a statement here.
Political parties in Tamil Nadu, including DMK and AIADMK have charged that the maximum number of civilian casualties of Tamils occurred in the last leg of war between the Sri Lankan Army and rebel LTTE with Rajapaksa at the helm of affairs.
Karunanidhi, whose DMK had parted ways with ally Congress last year over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, said the latter did not heed repeated pleas of people of Tamil Nadu, besides international Tamil groups, against treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation.
“Everyone is aware” of the results of this, he said in an apparent reference to Congress’ drubbing in the April 24 Lok Sabha polls where it fared very badly contesting the elections without an ally.
“I want the new BJP government to realise the truth about pro-Tamil feelings at the initial stage itself,” the DMK patriarch, who besides his son M K Stalin had greeted Modi and his party for its victory in the elections, said.
Taking a dig at arch rival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s statement opposing Rajapaksa’ participation in the May 26 swearing-in of Modi, he recalled that she had earlier demanded extradition of slain LTTE chief V Prabakaran and had even passed a resolution in the state Assembly, and called it as an ‘anti-Tamil’ move.
BJP’s ally PMK also spoke against the move and urged Modi to reconsider his invitation to Rajapaksa.
“Respecting the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu, the invitaton to Rajapaksa for the swearing-in of Modi should be reconsidered,” party founder S Ramadoss said in a statement here.
The PMK has one member in the new Lok Sabha with former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss winning from Dharmapuri constituency.
PMK is the latest NDA partner from Tamil Nadu to oppose the invitation to the Sri Lankan President after MDMK headed by Vaiko.
Birla said her campaign this time is “very similar” to the last time.