Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan has said the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for his swearing-in ceremony stirs anger and wrath among Tamilians.
Elangovan said that this move of the incoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deeply hurt the sentiments of the Tamilians and he should have kept the pros and cons in his mind before taking such a step. "There is no need for inviting leaders and heads of Governments of other countries as because of that only Rajapaksa is coming to India. There are sentiments of the people against some leaders of the other countries. Why should Modi invite this anger and wrath of people living in India," he told reporters on May 24, 2014.
Meanwhile, students in Chennai protested outside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office against Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President. Students expressed their dissatisfaction and demanded that India should move a resolution against Sri Lanka at United Nations Human Rights Council for its alleged war crimes against Lankan Tamils. "Sri Lanka is a genocidal country. We don't want Rajapaksa to participate in Modi's swearing-in ceremony. We are here to do this agitation against the BJP's government decision to call Sri Lankan Rajapaksa for this function," Convener of students forum, Tamil Nadu, Prabhakaran said.
Prabhakaran added that inviting Rajapaksa and holding talks was not the solution for a brutal genocide, however an international investigation should be conducted. "Inviting is not the solution, the solution is that the people need an independent Tamil country and referendum must be conducted. International investigation for genocide should be conducted over the Sri Lankan issue. This is the solution what we expect. We don't want any compromise other than that referendum and international investigation," said Prabhakaran.
India has invited leaders of all South Asian countries to Modi's oath-taking ceremony scheduled for May 26, 2014. The swearing-in ceremony, to be held at the forecourt of the historic Rashtrapati Bhavan, is likely to be attended by as many as 3,000 guests, the report added.