The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday summoned the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to protest the “objectionable” article that appeared last week on the country’s defence ministry website about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Sri Lankan envoy Sudharshan Seneviratne was summoned by South Block after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Parliament that the government would convey the “anger” among MPs on the issue in stern words. It is learnt that the Joint Secretary in-charge of Sri Lanka division in MEA, Suchitra Durai, conveyed the message on behalf of the Centre.
Earlier, in response to agitation in Parliament by AIADMK members demanding a statement from the government, Swaraj said, “The issue raised by (AIADMK leader) V Maitreyan is indeed very serious. India strongly condemns it. We will definitely summon the High Commissioner of that country and tell him about it.”
The controversy took place last week when an article titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ appeared on the Sri Lankan government website. Sri Lanka posted an official statement of apology.