Over 10 Sri Lankan MPs currently in India

Over 10 Sri Lankan MPs currently in India

Written by Staff Writer

11 Sep, 2018 | 1:21 am

Colombo (News1st) – A Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation is currently in India based on an invitation extend by the Indian Government. At the same time, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also in India, based on an invitation extended by BJP leader Dr. Subramaniam Swami.

Later this year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to travel to India after returning from Vietnam.

The Parliamentary delegation currently in India consists of;

  • Speaker Karu Jayasuriya
  • Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka – United National Party
  • Opposition Leader R Sampanthan- TNA
  • Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva – UPFA
  • MP Vijitha Herath – JVP
  • Minister Mano Ganesan – Democratic People’s Party
  • Leader of the Muslim Congress Min. Rauf Hakeem
  • Leader of the EPDP Douglas Devananda

The group called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning (September 10), before meeting the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. They are due to meet with the Indian President Ramnath Kovind on Tuesday (September 11).

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accompanied by MP Namal Rajapaksa, is currently in India to address a BJP convention.

The Indian Affair

There are many examples that depict India’s involvement in matters pertaining to economics, politics, and foreign affairs of Sri Lanka. Political analysts continue to point out that Geo-Political superpowers like India are targeting strategically important locations of Sri Lanka, such as the ;

  • Kerawalapitiya Power Plant
  • Mattala Airport
  • East Terminal of the Colombo Port
  • Oil tanks in Trincomalee

It is clear that India is trying to grab power in Sri Lanka in a similar manner to what happened in Nepal.

In 1987, India took measures to send in the peacekeeping force under the premiership of Rajiv Gandhi. This created political turmoil in the country. It was the strong decision of President Ranasinghe Premadasa that drove the IPKF away in 1980.

Is the government aware of the Indian involvement in the country, and the real nature of this involvement?


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