Jayalalithaa to boycott PM swearing-in over ‘ill-advised’ invitation to Rajapaksa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms. Jayalalithaa will boycott the swearing-in event of India’s new Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 26 May, over the issue of invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa, latest news reports said on Friday, citing AIADMK party sources. Earlier, Ms. Jayalalithaa described the invitation to genocide-accused Rajapaksa as “ill-advised” and as “rubbing salt into the wounds.” Modi’s camouflage in inviting SAARC heads of governments is impelled by his priority to Pakistan and Muslim factor, and the Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s immediate response to come shows the US advice behind the move, political analysts said, adding that the USA and India long sidelining and sabotaging the Tamil question is the boon for genocidal Colombo and the Rajapaksas.
Modi’s New Delhi and the USA could negotiate their overlapping priority in many other ways, but bringing in Rajapaksa either shows providing an escape route to genocidal cum militaristic Sri Lanka, endorsed and so-far groomed by the two powers, or shows the callous contempt and utter disregard to the Tamil cause, or was pre-planned by a caucus to widen the rift between New Delhi and Tamil Nadu, the analysts said.
Tamils have no option other than making the detractors realise the gravity. Ms. Jayalalithaa is taking the right direction, the analysts further said.
Meanwhile, showing a healthy polarisation of political opinion in Tamil Nadu, the DMK chief Mr. M. Karunanidhi has also made a statement that Mr. Modi could have avoided inviting Mr. Rajapaksa.
Narendra Modi’s party the BJP’s ally in Tamil Nadu, Mr Vaiko of the MDMK was the first to condemn Mr. Modi for extending the invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On Thursday, responding to Modi’s invitation to Rajapaksa, Ms. Jayalalithaa said: “This is tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche,” adding that the move is “ill advised.”
Further excerpts from her response:
“It is with a deep sense of anguish that we point this out to the new Government to be formed at the Centre.” “We had hoped that the new Government to be formed at the Centre would be sympathetic to the cause of Tamils and friendly to the State of Tamil Nadu.”
“However, even before the new Prime Minister and the new Government assume office and begin functioning, this unfortunate move of inviting the Sri Lankan President to attend the Swearing-in Ceremony of the new Prime Minister of India has deeply upset the people of Tamil Nadu and wounded their sentiments all over again.”
“Particularly, with regard to the relationship of the new Central Government with the Government of Tamil Nadu, it would have been better if this ill advised move had been avoided.”
“The entire country and indeed the entire world is aware of the various Resolutions passed in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly during the last three years, with regard to the war crimes, ethnic pogrom and genocide,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said reminding that “we had demanded economic embargo on Sri Lanka and urged that India should take the lead in bringing a Resolution in the United Nations for those accused of war crimes and genocide to be brought before the International Court of Justice and that they should be made to face trial.”