A top-level delegation led by Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, a senior leader of New Delhi’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and participated by RSS and Shiv Sena members, is visiting Colombo from Tuesday to Friday to have discussions with the Rajapaksa brothers. The visit takes place without diplomatic protocols or arrangements by New Delhi’s High Commission in Colombo, news sources in Colombo said citing High Commission officials. A visit of the delegation to Jaffna is organised by the Rajapaksa regime. In Jaffna, the occupying Sinhala governor Maj. Gen. Chandrasri and Rajapaksa minister Mr Douglas Devananda will receive the delegation. A counter ‘civil society’ is simulated to meet the delegation. New Delhi’s diplomat in Jaffna Mr. Mahalingam is blank on the agenda of the visit and is sidelined from the programmes.
While Colombo media reports said that the delegation would be discussing ‘devolution of power’ to provinces with Mahinda Rajapaksa and his sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, New Indian Express on Sunday cited the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) saying that they were not informed of the visit of the delegation.
Tamil news sources in Jaffna also confirmed that the main Tamil national parties, the TNA, TNPF and the Tamil civil society movement currently functioning in the North and East, have not been contacted about the visit of the BJP-led delegation.
Occupying Colombo’s elements in Jaffna simulate a counter ‘civil society’ to present to the delegation, news sources in Jaffna said.
Both the BJP and the genocidal regime of Rajapaksa are preparing the groundwork for their partnership engagement in the event of BJP capturing the New Delhi Establishment in the forthcoming elections in India, Tamil political observers in the island said, adding that Tamil Nadu has to be equally watchful of the Congress as well as the BJP.
The earlier visit of a BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, and the kind of statements she came out with after the visit, thoroughly disappointed genocide-affected Eezham Tamils.
Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is leading the present delegation, is a politician from Bihar and is the Deputy Leader of BJP at New Delhi’s Rajya Sabha. He is accompanied by Mr Ram Madhav, a representative of the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS), Mr Suresh Prabhu, one of the leaders of Shiv Sena, Mr Vivek Katju, a former Foreign Secretary, Ms Monika Arora, a BJP lawyer and Mr. Swapon Dasgupta, a senior journalist.
The BJP-led delegation’s Colombo visit takes place at the initiative of the RSS representative, Mr Ram Madhav, who organised it through a collaboration of New Delhi-based India Foundation and Colombo-based Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, news reports said.
Meanwhile, the New Delhi conference organised by Sonia-led Congress parliamentarian Dr E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan from 5th to 6th June, falling within the time of the BJP visit to Colombo and Jaffna, has now been postponed, unconfirmed reports said.
Dr Natchiappan’s conference call, to discuss revival of the failed Indo-Lanka Accord as solution, was received with spirited opposition from the Tamil side.
TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senadhiraja, while questioning the political wisdom in committing to the 13th Amendment of the Indo-Lanka Accord, further said that the dates fixed by Natchiappan would not be convenient to the TNA, which is expecting a direct meeting with the New Delhi government by mid June.