BJP leaders in Colombo meet Ranil Wickremasinghe (LOP) & others
Colombo (Sep 23, 2014): BJP National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly Global Convenor BJP Overseas Affairs paid a courtesy call on Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka Hon'ble Ranil Wickremasinghe at his official residence in Colombo on Monday Sept 22, 2014. Mr Ranil was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka twice in 1993 to 1994 & in 2001 to 2004 and is the current leader of United National Party in Sri Lanka.
Senior UNP Organiser Hon'ble Mr Gamange was also present on the occasion. The half an hour long meeting between the Senior BJP leaders Mr Rao, Mr Jolly and LOP Mr Ranil covered a wide range of issues on India- Sri Lanka relations, devolution of powers, role of China in Sri Lanka including the status of minorities, fishermen issue and the stalemate in political dialogue between the govt and Tamil National Alliance. The LOP was upbeat on the poll results of provincial elections and its better showing in terms of increased vote share & seats.
BJP leaders met the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader & current Minister of Justice Mr Rauff Hakeem. At this meeting M.P Mr M.T.Hasan Ali and Minister of Agriculture Mr Naseer Ahamed were also present. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is the alliance partner in President Mahinda Rajapaksha Govt. in Sri Lanka.
Mr Muralidhar Rao & Mr Vijay Jolly also met Ceylon Workers Congress leader & Minister Livestock & Rural Community Development Mr Arumugan Thondaman in the presence of CWC President Mr Mutu Sivalingam, Vice President & Ex MP Mr K.Marimuthu and Mr V.Jeevanandaraja in Colombo.
The crucial meeting with Senior Tamil National Alliance leader Mr R.Sampanthan and Mr M.A.Sumanthiran Tamil National Alliance M.P took place at Taj Samundra ,Colombo. BJP leaders Mr Rao & Mr Jolly had a one hour long meeting with TNA leaders. The distrust between the Govt of Sri Lanka & TNA, the status of the parliament Select Committee, pending issue of devolutions of powers, rights & demands of Tamils in Sri Lanka, rising influence of China in northern & eastern parts of Sri Lanka, the role & influence of Tamil diaspora along with possible ways & means for a reasonable negotiated political resolution of Tamils rights in Sri Lanka
were discussed at length.
The TNA leader Mr.R.Sampanthan expressed complete satisfaction over their recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi. The TNA leaders told the BJP leaders that they do not advocate extreme positions. But want a political solution & devolution of powers in Sri Lanka.
They promised to resume dialogue provided the Sri Lanka Govt. of Mahinda Rajapaksha is serious enough to consider & deliver on the core issue of devolution of powers within the constitutional frame work of the Island nation.
Latter Advisor to President Mr Sunimal Fernando also met the BJP leaders for 45 mintues in Colombo and apprised them of the latest political scenario in Sri Lanka.