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Colombo, Feb. 11 (Daily Mirror)- Claiming that the National Peoples Power's (NPP) visit to India was not sudden, NPP MP Vijitha Herath, who took part in the visit, said the invitation was made last December but was deffered to February due to the tight schedule.

He told a news conference that India had invited them for a 10-day visit and that the NPP had to cut it short to five days due to their planned party activities.

"The invitation from India came in December last year for a ten-day visit. But, we had to defer the visit due to our tight schedule and wanted to restrict it to five days," he said.

The MP said this was not the first diplomatic level invitation to the NPP and added that NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and a delegation visited China in a similar manner.

“The visit to China was not given much publicity as for the Indian visit. I think people may have seen our Indian visit as important due to our previous stance on India,” he said.

When asked whether India had assured support to the NPP in future elections, he said no such matter was discussed or any requests made in that regard.

“Countries support governments that are elected by the people. They don’t support political parties to obtain power,” he said.

Responding to a question whether the NPP has changed its policy on Indian investors such as Adani and Amul, he said the NPP protested against investors being selected under unsolicited proposals.

He said an NPP government will welcome investors from any country and added that the investment process will occur in a transparent manner and due tender procedures. 

Commenting on the visit, he said it was successful and that an NPP government will put into practice most of what they had learnt during the visit.


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  • Mohandev Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:21 PM

    JVP proves now they are no different to other 2 major political forces that were responsible for 76 years plunder corruption misrule

    Ruwan Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:59 PM

    Party is changing policies like a chameleon. What's the use of such a party?

    Chris Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:38 PM

    Damned if they do! Damned if they don't! seems like hypocrisy to me

    Nm Monday, 12 February 2024 08:08 AM

    @Chris - Hypocrisy is that JVP is critizising others while they follow the same path.

    kamal Sunday, 11 February 2024 05:43 PM

    what a bullship talk. Before totally against india. now chaged ?? to make mad the voters ???

    Lasantha Jayasinghe Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:52 PM

    Very professional and grown up politics from NPP. I never liked the 80's JVP politics - but NPP looks like a real social democratic movement

    Anne Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:57 PM

    What about your anti-India stance and your oft repeated "Indian expansionism?" What about the several murdered by the JVP during the late 1980s for Indian associations including educated professionals like Dr. Gladys Jayawardene? Where is the justice for the lives you JVPers destroyed?

    slcitizen Sunday, 11 February 2024 06:59 PM

    Everything looks a mystery.. More questions than solutions.. Should we be governed by them..??

    Jayampathi Sunday, 11 February 2024 07:08 PM

    Mohandas,Ruwan and Kamal. You have not read it well before commenting. NPP says they are against tenders being awarded without due process and unsolicited proposals. They are against Indian Investments which are awarded arbitrarily or without due process.

    Ruwan Monday, 12 February 2024 02:53 AM

    That's a very mild statement by them. It isn't how they were before their India departure. Their intensity is starkly lacking. That's very visible and is in poor taste. That's why I said they're changing colours like a chameleon changes colours. For that fact there's nothing special between all parties now.

    VJ Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:01 PM

    Maybe the case but your party has fallen in to a trap laid by your opponents. People have become suspicious that you too are siding with India which the majority community does not approve. Your previous anti India policy was supported by the people.

    Chux Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:05 PM

    All rubbish it was well organized by Ranil to prevent anymore against privatization to Indian companies now you must play the game

    Dee Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:58 PM

    ‘Shahodaraya’ we still scared to ask for ‘Bombay’ onions and ‘mysoor’ parippu from you! We are ‘common man’ struggling for ‘3 square meals’ . Take note! ‘Natalie Nanayaka’ and similar JVP ‘shoppers’!

    Utter nonsense Sunday, 11 February 2024 09:12 PM

    Which language did you use to have talks with them?

    Ashley Sunday, 11 February 2024 10:04 PM

    This invitation has made so much ripples in SriLanka political mud pool

    Quolp Sunday, 11 February 2024 11:48 PM

    The General Public (People) willingly elected RAJAPAKSAS and no countries supported him because of being grudge toward them.


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