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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary and MP Udaya Gammanpila today criticised the move by India to create a bridge connecting Sri Lanka and charged the link would only work in favour of India ultimately making Sri Lanka another State of India.

He said India had requested a loan of USD 5.2 billion from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the project but not once mentioned that Sri Lanka too have to share when paying the loan.

“This is clear evidence that the project if monopolised by India to solve their issues, to send their people to Sri Lanka. Just like there is a Great Wall to protect China, the Indian Ocean protects our island. If the project went ahead, our sovereignty will be destroyed. President Maithripala Sirisena will end up being a Chief Minister of one of India’s States,” MP Gammanpila told a news briefing.

He said that it was not strange to create bridges or tunnels linking countries as there are already such arrangements between France and England as well as between Sweden and Denmark. However, he said if to be linked, two countries should possess similar characteristics.

“The unemployed population in India is about 50 million while there are 400 million of poverty stricken people. India has a habit of sending their unemployed people overseas. If their people who are willing to work for less salary than ours arrive here, we will face grave repercussions. National security and economy will be threatened,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 
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  • AshyD Wednesday, 23 September 2015 09:50 AM

    We should remember that Lord Buddha too came across this same bridge, many times to our country, and he was an Indian.

    The God Father Monday, 21 September 2015 05:04 PM

    I dont like gamanpila, but he is absolutely correct this time, spend the bridge money on something else, All Sri Lankans should get together to protest against this.

    OMG Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:22 AM

    What kind of sick-mindedness is this? Having a bridge mean a threat to sovereignty of SL? He is like one-eyed person who wishes to blind everyone so that he can rule!

    malik Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:26 AM

    Gamma- you shut up

    Matata Thiththa Monday, 21 September 2015 05:43 PM

    Just like Great Britain is a ile de France because of the Channel tunnel. What an idiot. Both countries have benefited hugely by the connection.

    SureshP Monday, 21 September 2015 06:00 PM

    What about all the other countries joined to India all round. Are they also Indian states?

    Kamalika Tuesday, 22 September 2015 04:50 PM

    Is this man so stupid? Is Singapore a state of Malaysia? Why is this man so sick? Making the others sick too.

    Mason Monday, 21 September 2015 06:30 PM

    You, Weerawanse and others of your ilk, do not oppose for the sake of opposing.The Bridge is a good suggestion and should be welcome.

    Cobra Monday, 21 September 2015 07:00 PM

    If MR had thought seriously about it then it would have been a hit for the likes of Gammanpila!

    JAY Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:10 AM

    all other countries around india is poor than india ,but srilanka in comparison to other indian neighbours is a heaven for indians .

    Ranjith Liyanage Monday, 21 September 2015 07:02 PM

    We already have illegal immigrants coming from India. So why help them by building a bridge. Udaya Gammanpila is correct

    jay Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:11 AM

    the statement made by the then president in 1980 that one day srilanka will be a province of india is coming true.

    Jayasingha Monday, 21 September 2015 07:11 PM

    Is it good just because the suggestion came from the UNP/SLFP govt? More discussion is necessary.

    Pxx Monday, 21 September 2015 07:14 PM

    If China is our nabouring nation what would you say on bridge link?

    HEWA Monday, 21 September 2015 07:22 PM

    I am against this and this may be a problem to srilanka.in future

    tharik Monday, 21 September 2015 07:28 PM

    So its like Britain is now a French State

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:07 AM

    You are eating Indian Dhall daily and cursing India. What is the logic man.


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