‘Lanka will develop strong ties under Narendra Modi’s
BJP’s majority, a blessing for Sri Lanka - Keheliya Rambukwella
Media Minister and Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said,
that the BJP having secured a big majority singlehandedly at the
recently concluded Indian election is a blessing for Sri Lanka, since it
lessens the likelihood of the Centre bowing down to regional political
He said the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)secured 318
parliamentary seats with the Bharatiya Janatha Party winning the
majority 277 seats singlehandedly.
Therefore, the Government would be strong not needing to be dictated
to by raucous regional leaders.
“I feel Sri Lanka would develop a strong relationship with India
under Narendra Modi’s government.”
“We, indeed, had cordial bilateral relations with the Congress led
government but since the party was banking heavily on regional support,
the Congress was short of a free hand when it came to Sri Lanka – India
bilateral relations and therefore the relations were far from smooth.”
“In contrast, Modi has won a clear majority on his own. He will be free
to make his own decisions,” the Minister said.
India voted in favour when a US sponsored resolution against Sri
Lanka was moved at the Geneva Human rights Council in 2012 and 2013.
In March, this year it defied Tamil Nadu pressure and remained
neutral. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among the first to congratulate
Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi and invite him for a State visit to
President’s Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said it was too early to
assess where Sri Lanka-India relations would drift under the new
government, but the BJP had already underlined during its election
campaign that the party is for an undivided Sri Lanka.
He said this was further emphasised when the BJP issued a statement
condemning Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram when the state
government attemped to release the LTTE assassins of former Indian Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“We can rest assure that LTTE elements will not be entertained by the
new Government,” Samaranayake said.