"The Centre should deeply ponder over whether a person who had killed lakhs of Tamils, indulged in ethnic cleansing and someone who had waged a war against his own people should participate in the swearing-in of Narendra Modi and request them to drop the initiative," Karunanidhi said.

"I want the new BJP government to realize the truth about pro-Tamil feelings at the initial stage itself," Karunanidhi added.

MDMK, a key partner of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), is also upset with the move.

Jayalalithaa, Vaiko likely to skip Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

MDMK chief Vaiko met BJP president Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Friday morning and lodged his strong opposition to invite the Sri Lankan President, saying his presence would hurt the feelings of the Tamil people.

"I have requested him to take up this request to Narendra Modi to avoid the presence of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the swearing-in ceremony," Vaiko said.

Vaiko had earlier said that the Congress party was shown the door by the people of Tamil Nadu for allegedly helping Colombo in its pursuit against LTTE ‘in which thousands of Tamil civilians were killed’.

Vaiko recalled that Sri Lanka was not invited when BJP's Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn-in as the Prime Minister in 1998-99 and the subsequent ceremonies to mark assuming of offices by the Congress-led UPA in 2004 and 2009.

"When Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister he did not invite the Sri Lankan president for the swearing-in ceremony. Why is he being invited now?" Vaiko said.

"It will be the saddest day for more than a million people in Tamil Nadu and crores of Tamils all over the world when Rajapaksa comes to India," Vaiko added.

Several political parties in Tamil Nadu allege that civilian casualties of the Tamils rose during the last leg of the war against LTTE with Rajapaksa at the helm of affairs.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa is disappointed with the decision and is expected to give a miss to the event.

(JPN)

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