In Bangalore, officials said that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will skip the oath-taking ceremony in Delhi on Monday. (Agencies)
According to schedule released by the Chief Minister's office for Monday, Siddaramaiah will be attending several programmes in the city.
Wishing Modi the all the best, Siddaramaih had last week hoped of cooperation from the Centre, adding that irrespective of party affiliations the union government should work in accordance with the Constitution and respect the federal set up.
In Thiruvananthapuram, officials said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is not attending the swearing-in ceremony, citing pre-scheduled engagements in the state.
According to officials in the Chief Minister's Office, Chandy had received the invitation for the ceremony but informed Modi about his inability to be present on the occasion due to ‘pressing’ engagements in the state.
Chandy, a senior Congress leader, will be meeting Modi during his next visit to Delhi, they said. Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal termed Chandy's decision to skip the ceremony as ‘unfortunate’.
Jayalalithaa, who has opposed participation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Sunday kept up the suspense over her participation in the ceremony. There were reports that she is likely to boycott it.
However, till late Sunday evening, there was no official statement from the government or the ruling AIADMK on either her participation or whether she would depute any emissary.
Last week, Jayalalithaa dubbed as ‘unfortunate’ Modi's invitation to Rajapaksa for his swearing-in, saying that the ‘ill-advised’ move could have been avoided as it amounted to ‘rubbing salt into the wounds of the already deeply injured Tamil psyche’.
She had recalled the various resolutions passed in the state Assembly demanding an economic embargo on Sri Lanka among others over the alleged war crimes by the island nation's Army under the Rajapaksa Government against Tamils there during the final stages of ‘civil war’.
Jayalalithaa and Modi had attended the swearing-in of each other as Chief Minister in the past.
Though the two leaders attacked each other during the final stages of the Lok Sabha poll campaign, they exchanged pleasantries over their respective emphatic wins last week, in a sign of warming up.
In Bangalore, officials said that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will skip the oath-taking ceremony in Delhi on Monday.