Article against Jayalalithaa on Lanka govt website triggers storm

Written by PTI | New Delhi/Chennai | Updated: Aug 2 2014, 08:32am hrs
An offensive article on Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa published on the Sri Lankan defence ministry website with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked up a storm in India which acted with alacrity on Friday to force the island nation to tender an unqualified apology.

As the article brought rival parties in Tamil Nadu together in a rare show of unity to condemn it, the defence ministry said the text titled 'How meaningful are Jayalalithaa's love letters to Narendra Modi' had been published without appropriate authorisation and that it has been removed from the website. The issue also triggered protests in Indian Parliament.

Taking strong exception to the article about her, Jayalalithaa dashed off a letter to Modi in which she said that though it had been removed the damage has been done.

The chief minister accused Sri Lanka of trying to create fissures in India's federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her.

The Indian High Commission in Colombo raised the matter with the Sri Lankan government following which the country's defence ministry removed it and tendered an unqualified apology to Modi and Jayalalithaa.