( May 17, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Indian Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi says he looks forward to strong ties with Sri Lanka after his party, the BJP, won the Indian elections by a landslide.
Modi tweeted saying it was “wonderful” speaking to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday after the President telephoned him to wish him on his victory.
“It was wonderful speaking to you earlier today. I look forward to strong relations between Sri Lanka & India,” Modi tweeted.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had yesterday invited Modi to visit Sri Lanka.
President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake had said that the President issued the invitation to Modi after telephoning him to congratulate him on the Indian election victory.
Earlier Sri Lanka’s outgoing envoy to India Prasad Kariyawasam was one of the first foreign representatives to react to BJP’s victory.
“Srilanka welcomes the verdict of people of India. Soon President Rajapaksa will warmly welcome and greet the incoming PM of India”, he had said.
There have been fears on the policy Modi will adopt with regards to Sri Lanka with Tamil politicians like Vaiko by his side during the elections.
During the election campaign Viko had said that a Modi-led Government at the Centre would not repeat the blunders of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government on the Sri Lankan Tamils and fishermen issues.
“I guarantee the voters that he will never betray the Tamils,” Vaiko said.
Modi himself had said that with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malayasia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumed power after the elections.