Congress leader wants PM to cancel Lanka visit over Ranil’s remark

Congress leader wants PM to cancel Lanka visit over Ranil’s remark

March 8, 2015   07:00 pm

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Condemning Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s controversial remarks regarding Indian fishermen, Congress leader V Narayanasamy today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel his visit to the island nation scheduled for next week as a mark of protest, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Wickramasinghe had said that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Lankan waters.

“It is indeed mind boggling that the Lankan Prime Minister had aired a very serious comment and stoked a controversy. His comment is absolutely unacceptable and India should show its strong protest,” he said in a release here.

The Prime Minister should call off his plan to visit Sri Lanka as Wickramasinghe’s comment, in an interview to a Tamil channel, had demeaned the Indian fishermen, he said.

Stating that the comments had hurt the Indian fishermen and ‘betrayed a situation that a small nation was posing a threat to India, a big country’, he also asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to cut short her current visit to Sri Lanka to mark India’s strong protest.

Narayanasamy, a former Minister of state in PMO, recalled that during the Congress led UPA Government, Lankan fishermen who strayed into Indian waters were directed to return as it adopted such a approach ‘on humanitarian grounds’.

He said that even after the change of guard in Sri Lanka, incidents of detention of Indian fishermen and their vessels were continuing.

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