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* India will summon Sri Lankan envoy over the derogatory article on Tamil Nadu CM
Mon, Aug 4, 2014, 10:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 04, New Delhi: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the Indian government will summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner over the derogatory article posted on a Sri Lankan government website on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

"The government has strongly condemned the development," Sushma Swaraj said in the Rajya Sabha.

The Minister has said that the Ministry will summon the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and convey India's stance to him on the post.

The Minister made the statement after the AIADMK MP Dr. V. Maitreyan interrupted the Rajya Sabha sessions over the issue and the Chairman adjourned the sessions twice.

The Chairman adjourned the sessions when the members of AIADMK tried to raise the issue in the well disrupting the agenda set for the day.

"Ten Members are holding the House to ransom...It is behaviour unbecoming Members of Parliament," the Chairman snapped before adjourning the sessions.

Earlier on Friday after the defamatory post appeared on Sri Lanka's official Defense and Urban Development Ministry website, Spokesperson of the Indian External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said the Indian government acted with "alacrity" and the High Commission in Colombo took the matter up immediately and assured that action would be taken forthwith.

"We acted with alacrity, we have achieved our objective, and should any further action be required, we will certainly consider this and take appropriate action... if there are further things that we need to do, we will certainly consider them," he said.

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