New Delhi: Amidst a backlash from the Tamil Nadu political class over the invite sent out to Sri Lanka for PM-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday tweeted that he was also bringing along Wigneswaran, the newly-elected Chief Minister of Northern Province, also known as Lanka's 'Tamil country'.
"President invites Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran to join delegation to India for the swearing-in ceremony of @narendramodi," Rajapaksa tweeted.
Earlier in the day, DMDK chief Vaiko had written a letter to Modi complaining over the invite sent to Rajapaksa. Vaiko said the move had hurt Tamil sentiment as Sri Lanka was involved in the mass killings of ethnic Tamils during its decades-long conflict with the LTTE.
Vaiko was not alone. On Thursday, DMK chief Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had also expressed displeasure over the invite sent to Lanka.
Rajapaksa, meanwhile, thanked Modi for the honour. "Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearing-in ceremony. I look forward to being there," he tweeted.
Other key SAARC leaders, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom have confirmed that they will attend the ceremony in New Delhi on Monday.
Modi will be administered the oath as 15th Prime Minister of India by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony to be attended by over 3,000 guests.
With additional information from PTI