New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI): India on Monday strongly condemned the “derogatory” article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa that had appeared in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website last week, after strong protests in both Houses of Parliament by AIADMK members.
“The issue raised by V. Maitreyan is indeed very serious. India strongly condemns it. We will definitely summon the High Commissioner of that country and tell him about it,” External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam members trooped into the Well demanding a statement from the government.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments each as AIADMK members disrupted the proceedings and stormed the Well seeking a statement from the government and raising slogans denouncing the Sri Lankan President.
In the Lower House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, “While matters concerning diplomatic relations are dealt with delicately, this is totally unacceptable and condemnable. There is no hesitation in condemning it.”
He also said he would convey the “strong feelings” of the members to Swaraj.
But the AIADMK members were not satisfied with the reply and stormed the Well raising slogans like 'Rajapakse down, down' and 'we want justice'.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Maitreyan said the article appearing in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website was “derogatory” to Jayalalithaa.
He asked whether the government would summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner as this was “an insult” of not only the Tamil Nadu government but also the Union Government.
AIADMK leader in Lok Sabha M Thambidurai demanded that the House adopt a “strong and unanimous resolution condemning Sri Lanka” so that such incident do not recur.