Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) was thoroughly humiliated today as it was forced to remove an article published in its website few hours ago containing defamatory material on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and Prime Minster Narendra Modi and publish an apology hours after it kicked up a storm in India.
The article titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ written by Shenali Waduge reportedly sparked heavy criticism in India for its content, with TN politicians demanding the Center to immediately snap ties with Sri Lanka.
Alongside the article was a graphic in reference to the many letters by Jayalalithaa to PM Modi that sought his intervention in the fishermen issue, which met with even harsher criticisms for its ‘objectionable’ portrayal where Jayalalithaa holds a pen and writes, while in a heart-shaped thought bubble above her head is PM Modi.
The apology published under the title ‘An Unqualified Apology’ in the Defence Ministry website today, it states the article was published without appropriate authorization and that it does not reflect any official position of the Government of Sri Lanka or the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and has extended an apology to Indian PM Modi and Jayalalithaa.
Following the publication of the article, political parties in TN including BJP unit and its allies – PMK and MDMK reacted angrily, condemning the content of the article and its accompanying graphic.
“They degrade the PM and the CM – the Centre should demand an apology from the Sri Lankan President and the Defence secretary,” PMK chief S Ramadoss was quoted stating in an article that appeared in the Times of India on the controversy while he had added that India should not hesitate to sever diplomatic ties if they refuse to apologize.