“I thought he had asked me to come because of friendship. Now, it seems he is worse than the previous ones. I will have to learn Hindu because he does not know English. If he bullies us that much at the very first meeting, it is sure he will finish us off within a year or so. Not a single Indian should be trusted,” saying thus, president Mahinda Rajapaksa played havoc at Temple Trees yesterday (29) morning upon his return from India, say Temple Trees internal sources.
After attending Indian new prime minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in at New Delhi, the president spent the entire morning in a rage without doing any work. During times the president loses his temper, none of his staff members goes near him. It is his habit to utter in filth what comes to his mind, irrespective of whether there are any men or women near him, at such times. Knowing this, secretary to the president Lalith Weeratunga cancels all appointments. Accordingly, he had cancelled all appointments for the morning.
Every morning around 10 am, the president drinks Thambili water. It is one Piyasiri, who checks the president’s food, who brings the Thambili water and the kernel in a ceramic cup. Yesterday, he has left the cup on a table nearby, instead of his custom of handing it over to the president. Further maddened by that, the president had thrown the ceramic cup containing the Thambili water and kernel at the wall. That has left even the soldiers on duty in a shock.
Later, Lalith Weeratunga had gone to the president, appeased him and got him to go upstairs. The person who related this incident to us said such things happen Temple Trees at least once a week, and are not taken seriously. Taking their father as an example, his three sons too, have now made it a habit to dash what they can get their hands on, when they get angry. At this rate, by the time the president leaves Temple Trees, it will be devoid of any household items, he said further.
They are finance minister Arun Jaitley, home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and prime minister Narendra Modi.
A lawyer by profession, Arun Jaitley has been a friend of Mr. Wickremesinghe for more than 20 years. Rajnath Singh, also former chairman of the BJP, too, is a close friend of Mr. Wickremesinghe. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj did not forget to meet the Sri Lankan opposition leader whenever she visited the island during the period she was the opposition leader of Lok Sabha. She is also a close friend of Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, the wife of the opposition leader.
Mr. Wickremesinghe first got to know Narendra Damodas Modi during the time Athal Behari Vajpayee was the prime minister. After he was elected chief minister of Gujarat state in 2001, he built a close friendship with Mr. Wickremesinghe who was the prime minister then, owing to the liberal economic policies both were sharing. As a result of his liberal economic policies, Mr. Modi was able to ensure a double digit economic growth in the province for the next 13 years. Also, until the UNP lost its power of government in 2004, Mr. Wickremesinghe was able to increase Sri Lanka’s economic growth to 8.5, from a negative growth in 2001.
Mr. Wickremesinghe hopes to make an official visit to India shortly.