Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, according to TV reports. Jayalalithaa may not even send any representative for the ceremony, the reports quoting sources say.
The Tamill Nadu chief minister had earlier expressed dismay over Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his May 26 swearing-in. While the sentiments of Tamils living in India and elsewhere towards the Sri Lankan Tamils were known, a change of regime at the Centre “in no way alters the already existing strained relations between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka”, she had said in a statement.
The AIADMK supremo, a strident critic of the Rajapaksa administration, had said Modi could have avoided the ‘ill-advised’ move of inviting the head of the island republic, especially with regard to the Centre-state relations
The MDMK and DMK also opposed the invitation to Rajapaksa.
MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday said his party would stage a black flag demonstration May 26 in New Delhi to protest Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India for the ceremony. (TOI)