May 23, Colombo: While a storm is brewing in India over the incoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend his swearing-in ceremony, President Rajapaksa has confirmed his attendance at the event.
Sri Lankan President's office confirmed that the President will be attending the occasion and also the President has invited the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to join the delegation to India for the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Modi.
Chief Minister Wigneswaran has not yet confirmed his participation but the officials have expressed hope that he would join the delegation.
PM-elect Modi has invited the leaders of all the SAARC countries to attend the swearing-in ceremony on May 26 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Mr. Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President has created uproar among the Tamil political party leaders in Tamil Nadu, especially, the Chief Minister of the state Ms. Jayalalithaa.
She said the invitation to Sri Lankan President is "tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche," and suggested the new government that it would be better for the relationship with the state government if this "ill-advised move" had been avoided.
Vaiko, the pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu political leader of MDMK, an ally of BJP has also asked the BJP president Rajnath Singh to speak to Mr. Modi to "avoid" Sri Lankan leader's presence at the ceremony as it will hurt the sentiments of the Tamil people.