Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran is to consult the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) before deciding on the invitation extended to him to accompany President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sources said.
The invite was extended by the President today, the President’s office said. The President was invited by Indian Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. President Rajapaksa’s attendance was formally confirmed yesterday (May 22) through diplomatic channels and also via the President’s official Twitter account (@PresRajapaksa) this morning: “Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearing-in ceremony. I look forward to being there.”
The President was one of the first world leaders to call Modi to congratulate him on his party’s landslide victory earlier this month. Soon after the call, Mr. Modi responded with a tweet to thank President Rajapaksa for his call: “It was wonderful speaking to you earlier today. I look forward to strong relations between Sri Lanka & India.”
In the phone call to Modi, President Rajapaksa expressed that the Government looks forward to working with the new administration to further strengthen relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette)
The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council CV Wigneswaran has rejected an offer from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to “accompany” him to the swearing-in ceremony of India’s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi later this month. The Twitter account of the Tamil National Alliance tweeted on Friday that Wigneswaran“rejected the President’s invitation to ‘accompany’ him to the swearing in of the PM of India in a strongly worded letter”. The statement came as Rajapaksa confirmed his attendance at the ceremony due to take place on the 26th of May. The invitation extended to Rajapaksa has stirred controversy in India, with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa calling it “tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche”.