Written by Bella Dalima
24 May, 2014 | 10:39 pm
In what has been billed as a historical move Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has confirmed his attendance at the swearing in ceremony of India’s Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi, on Monday the 26th in New Delhi.
He will be the first Pakistani Prime Minister to attend the swearing in of an Indian Prime Minister since independence in 1947.
However, while many have hailed Modi’s decision to invite the SAARC heads of state for the ceremony in Delhi, domestic pressure is being exerted.
Following indications from the AIADMK that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram would not attend the swearing in ceremony owing to the invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the BJP has appealed to Jayalalithaa to participate in the ceremony.
Indian media reports say the Tamil Nadu state president of the BJP, Pon Radhakrishnan appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to participate in the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Radhakrishnan had said that some people in the state were trying to create trouble by raising unnecessary issues.
He added that while some vested interests are trying to denigrate the image of Narendra Modi from the beginning, the BJP led NDA government, would ensure the welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka and fishermen in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Indian media reports say that despite the opposition to the invitation of the SAARC leaders for the swearing in ceremony, neither Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi, nor the BJP, are showing any signs of backing down, being armed with a majority in the Lok Sabha.
The leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam M. Karunanidhi and founder of the PMK S. Ramadoss had called for the invitation extended to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be reconsidered.
The MDMK General Secretary Y. Gopalasamy alias Vaiko, an ally of the BJP, is reported to have appealed to Modi and BJP President Rajnath Singh to prevent President Rajapaksa from attending the swearing in ceremony, an appeal that was rejected by both leaders.
The BJP has hailed the invitations extended to SAARC leaders as the beginning of a new relationship.
Meanwhile, the Tamil National Alliance, in a letter addressed to Narendra Modi, has requested an audience with him and others in the new Indian government, at the earliest opportunity.
The letter dated today and bearing the signature of TNA leader MP R. Sampanthan, congratulates Modi on his election on behalf of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka and expresses hope to work closely with Modi and his government to further strengthen genuine ties between Sri Lanka and India.
In his letter to Modi, Sampanthan notes that both during the armed conflict and after its conclusion, the Sri Lankan government made commitments to both India and the International Community to bring about an acceptable political solution.
While noting that unfortunately, this commitment has not been honoured, the TNA leader informs India’s PM designate that on the contrary the Sri Lankan government is aggressively pursuing an agenda which undermines all efforts towards reconciliation, permanent peace and harmony and further creates an environment that could promote hostility, which the Tamil people certainly do not desire.
Sampanthan notes that while the TNA considers it their duty to bring these matters to the notice of Modi at the earliest possible opportunity, they do so in the belief that an honourable peace based upon justice and equality must prevail, and that India’s role would ensure that.
Security has been heightened in New Delhi ahead of the grand ceremony where Narendra Modi will take oaths as the head of government of the world’s largest democracy.
The three-time chief minister of the western state of Gujarat is an outsider to Delhi’s power circle.
The low-caste son of a tea stall-owner, his rise to power signals the end of an era dominated by the descendants of India’s first prime minister, independence hero Jawaharlal Nehru.
Modi has given India its first parliamentary majority after 25 years of coalition governments, with his party winning more than six times the seats garnered by Congress.
The ceremony will be held at the stately Presidential Palace or Rashtrapathi Bhavan in Delhi, where Modi will take oaths before President Pranab Mukherjee.
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