Modi could have avoided inviting SL Prez for swearing in: DMK

MDMK, an ally of BJP, had already opposed Rajapaksa's participation in Narendra Modi's swearing-in.

By: Press Trust of India | Chennai | Updated: May 22, 2014 2:20 pm
dmk-48 DMK chief Karunanidhi.

DMK on Thursday said Narendra Modi could have “avoided” inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his May 26 swearing-in ceremony, saying the BJP leader should “understand the feelings” of people of Tamil Nadu.

The fact that the Sri Lankan leader was invited as part of BJP’s decision to invite all SAARC nations failed to cut ice with the Karunanidhi-led party, with senior leader T K S Elangovan insisting that people in the state were “charged with anger” against Colombo for alleged human rights violations on the ethnic minority there.

“Rajapaksa is part of SAARC union, so they might have sent the invitation. But the Prime Minister (designate-Modi) should also understand the feelings of people of Tamil Nadu,” Elangovan, DMK’s Organising Secretary and also party’s spokesperson, said.

He said Tamils in the island nation were “attacked and human rights violations” against them were happening and most countries had criticised such activities.

“People of Tamil Nadu are charged with anger. He (Modi) could have avoided (inviting Rajapakse),” he said.

MDMK, an ally of BJP, had already opposed Rajapaksa’s participation in Modi’s swearing-in but other major NDA constituents in the state–DMDK and PMK, are yet to make their stand official on this matter.

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  1. R
    May 23, 2014 at 1:08 am
    It is really strange why Tamil Nadu political parties always give preference to Tamil Issue in Shri Lanka over national issues. They should welcome move by BJP to invite all the nebouring countries head and start a fresh friendly relation so that country can move in the direction of development , generate employee meant and remove the poverty from the country. Time for change in political thinking has arrived .
    1. A
      May 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm
      You and your entire family are corrupt ripped off India's wealth ,You don't even care about India you don't need to worry abt srilankan Tamil .
      1. A
        May 22, 2014 at 9:47 am
        How can you invite all but Raakshe? There are ettiquets to be followed in diplomacy. This old man Karuna did nothing to prevent the killing during war while he could now blabbering nonsence.
        1. Joseph Frankel
          May 22, 2014 at 9:07 am
          Karunanidhi and his DMK are again playing the luke warm double game, that led to their defeat first in the state elections, and now in the MP elections. The Srilanka emotive issue hits the chords of every Tamilian stead of outright condemning the Raaksha move or objecting strongly, this pive approach, confirms his weakness,and public are aware of this. Karunanidhi has to be outright and forthright, to make his stand and comeback acceptable to the people,as a leader ,warrior or saviour of Tamils
          1. G
            May 22, 2014 at 9:08 am
            a diplomatic solution would be a representative of Raakse coming, like for Bangladesh PM.
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