MPs protest Sri Lanka article, envoy to be summoned

August 05, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

New Delhi: Parliament yesterday witnessed an uproar over a derogatory article mentioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website.

As MPs protested and disrupted both houses, the government condemned the article adding that the Sri Lankan high commissioner will be summoned over the issue.

The objectionable article about Jayalalithaa’s letters to Modi was published on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website last week, and was taken down in a hurry, after protests in Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka also offered “unqualified apology” over the article.

Both houses witnessed repeated adjournments over the issue.

The Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments during the question hour, and AIADMK members trooped near the chairman’s podium to protest.

When the house reassembled at noon, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the government “condemned” the development.

“We will certainly summon the high commissioner of Sri Lanka and convey this to him,” the minister said.

In the Lok Sabha, as soon after the house met for the day, the members disrupted the proceedings over the issue.