Sri Lanka's Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) party on Monday slammed the Indian prime minister's plans for development, accusing him of viewing the island as India's 30th state.
“Mr. Modi pledged to expand the Indian-funded ambulance service to cover the entire country and build 10,000 housing units for residents in the estate sector. What right has he to make decisions on behalf of Sri Lanka? He spoke as if Sri Lanka was the 30th state of India with President Sirisena as the Governor and Premier Wickremesinghe as the Chief Minister of that state,” PHU General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying.
MP Gammanpila criticised what he described as the politicisation of the visit which was reported to have been solely for the celebration of Vesak Day.
“Mr. Modi’s speech at the festival focused rather on Indo-Sri Lanka relationships than UN or Vesak Day. The Indian Premier commented on trade, investments and technology ties between the two countries. Indirectly, he indicated that the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) should be signed,” Mr Gammanpila added.