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BJP on invitation to SAARC leaders for Modi's swearing-in-ceremony
New Delhi, May 22 (ANI): The BJP on Thursday rejected the objections by few political leaders over sending invitations to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi's swearing-in-ceremony. Captain Abhimanyu said sending invitations to SAARC leaders was a positive step taken by them.

Invitation to Rajapaksa in Modi's oath ceremony rakes controversy, politicos react
New Delhi/ Chennai, May 22 (ANI): The invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sparked a new controversy as few politicians opposed the decision saying it would hurt the feelings of the Tamil people. BJP's ally MDMK's founder Vaiko's opposition, especially, raised eyebrows. Politicos gave mixed reactions on the matter.

Ordinary Pakistanis want Sharif to accept Modiís invitation
Pakistan, May 22 (ANI): A large number of Pakistanis were pleasantly surprised by the fact that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on the guest list of leaders from the eight-member SAARC invited to attend the swearing in of Narendra Modi on May 26. Narendra Modi has invited the leaders of Pakistan and other neighbours to his inauguration as prime minister in a bold step to embark on a policy of regional engagement. It was not immediately clear if Sharif would accept, but analysts said the visit would be politically difficult. In the markets of capital Islamabad, however, many people said Sharif ought to attend the ceremony despite Modiís anti-Pakistan stance. If Sharif were to attend the planned ceremony in the forecourt of the presidential mansion, it would be a first in the history of both nations.



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