New Delhi: Opposing the invitation extended to the Sri Lankan president, MDMK chief Vaiko today met BJP President Rajnath Singh and demanded that the party should "avoid" the presence of Mahinda Rajapaksa at Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony.
Vaiko, who yesterday wrote a letter to Modi expressing his sadness about the invitation being extended to Rajapaksa, said he had requested Singh to take up the issue with the Prime Minister-designate.
"I have requested him to take up this request to Narendra Modi to avoid the presence of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the swearing-in ceremony," the MDMK leader told reporters after meeting Singh here.
Recalling that no Sri Lankan Head of State was invited when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was sworn in as prime minister, Vaiko pointed out that even Manmohan Singh had not invited the Sri Lankan president for his swearing in ceremony.
"They did not dare to invite Mahinda Rajapaksa to the swearing in ceremony in 2004 and 2009," he added.