India’s ruling BJP party senior member Dr Subramanian Swamy met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Medamulana today.
Rajapaksa tweeted saying he was invited by Swamy to speak at an event in New Delhi.
“It was a hugely enjoyable trip to South Sri Lanka to meet Fmr SL President Sri Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family. He is a man to be admired for his decisiveness to wipe out LTTE terror and incidentally also soothe India’s hurt feelings due to Rajiv’a assassination by LTTE,” Swamy said.
He added that while in Colombo he had a chance meet with former Maldives President Naseed. “He is apprehensive of gross rigging in their forthcoming election. India cannot allow that as a neighbour and also since current usurper President Yamin has humiliated Indians recently. We need an action plan,” Swamy tweeted.
Subramanian Swamy, who attempted to raise the Indian National Flag on the island of Katchchathivu, to claim the island as Indian territory on 4 February 1988 is now back in the news, with his statement that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ‘should become President soon’.
It cannot be said that the good old law professor, of world famous Harvard University, is not aware of the Sri Lankan Constitution that bars a President from contesting for a third term.
However, Dr Swamy knows how to be in the limelight always, whether he is right or wrong. “It is good to hear that Rajapaksa is making a strong comeback to Sri Lankan politics. He should become President soon,” he tweeted immediately after the declaration of results of the recently-concluded Local Government election. However, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prevents Rajapaksa from contesting again in a Presidential election.
Dr. Swamy has a fascinating record, in his long fight against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her emergency rule; Chief Ministers Muthuvel Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa Jayaram; Shashikala and many others.
Swamy, came to prominence as the lone Tamil leader in the Jan Sangh Party, which later became the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As a sharp politician, he knew that he could not win a seat in Tamil Nadu and selected Bombay as his electorate. He is vociferously anti-Tamil Nadu and Tamil diaspora, purports to be an expert on the Narendra Modi Government’s positions on the Sri Lankan issue and using silky tones, criticises the Tamil National Alliance and its continuing struggle for maximum devolution and a permanent political solution to the ethnic issue. Naturally, everything he says is music to the Sri Lankan Government’s ears.
Congress Party leaders grew increasingly frustrated with Colombo’s intransigence on the issue of devolution for the Tamil people, a key understanding upon which New Delhi cleared the way for the Rajapaksa Administration to finish the war in 2009. A series of broken promises to Congress Ministers and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself on the devolution issues, created a chasm between the two Governments. The Sri Lankan Government had suffered a major loss of credibility with Congress Party seniors.
During the tenure of the Congress government, the BJP as the country’s main opposition, advocated strongly for a much tougher position against the Sri Lankan Government over its human rights record and refusal to strike a post-war power sharing deal with the Tamils.
Subramanian Swamy, in one of his televised interviews while in Colombo, told a local channel that the UN investigation would be of no more consequence to Sri Lanka than a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. “Simply swat them away,” he advised the Government.
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