President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had engaged in a phone conversation last morning and discussed a slew of pending matters, highly placed sources told Daily Mirror.
Among the topics were the five Indian fishermen who face death sentence in Sri Lanka for drug trafficking and Premier Modi’s presence at the SAARC summit in Kathmandu next week.
Sources said that President Rajapaksa had indicated his willingness for a swap of fishermen with an agreement that the sentenced fishermen would spend a jail term in India.
Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday (08) slammed Vaiko the leader of MarumalarchiDravidaMunnetraKazhagam (MDMK) for engaging in petty politics over the sentenced fishermen.
“The Centre is taking legal steps to seek the release of five Tamil fishermen, facing death sentence in Sri Lanka. Despite knowing the legalities of the issue, MDMK general secretary Vaiko is making the issue a political one, which is condemnable," the Tamil Nadu state president of BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has said.