A telephone conversation was held between President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today.
Although the Presidential Secretariat has not issued an official statement on the issues discussed at the meeting, it is reported that further discussions have been held regarding the Provincial Council elections and implementation of powers of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution.
President Rajapaksa has thanked PMI Modi for the Covid-19 vaccine given by India and PMI Modi has said that India would not hesitate to continue to be friendly with him. The sources said that it was more like an interpretation of a message of ‘listen to what is being said’ than a thank you.
Meanwhile, President Rajapaksa stated yesterday that the provincial council elections should be held immediately, despite the Indian Prime Minister being scheduled to speak today. It is noteworthy that the Indian Prime Minister has already set aside time for discussions today.
Former State Minister of Local Government Sarath Weerasekara, a close associate of President Rajapaksa, had previously sparked a heated debate over the abolition of provincial councils, but eventually lost his post instead of abolishing provincial councils.
Also, leaders and representatives of Tamil parties in Jaffna met the Indian High Commissioner today. The 13th Amendment was also discussed at length and the delegates requested the High Commissioner to intervene to give full powers to the Provincial Councils in the Constitution after the forthcoming Provincial Council elections.
However, as WikiLeaks previously reported, internal sources further confirm that the provincial elections will be held on June 26. The bill will be tabled in Parliament in April to legislate.
The Indian government is currently deeply concerned about the role of the Sri Lankan government and is angry over Sri Lanka’s strong friendship with China.