To join delegation for Modi’s swearing-in

President’s offer to Wigneswaran made with sincerity and goodwill


– Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera

Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera

The Janasetha Peramuna said the decision by Northern Province Chief Minister C. Wigneswaran to decline President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s invitation to join the delegation to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi in New Delhi does not augur well for reconciliation and building religious harmony.

"The offer was a good opportunity to partner the President’s efforts towards working jointly for the welfare and wellbeing of all Sri Lankans as one nation, irrespective of whether people live in the North or the South", Ven. Battaramulle Seelaratana thera, the leader of the Janasetha Peramuna said in a statement.

The prelate said it was regrettable that the Chief Minister opted to turn down the invitation made with sincerity and goodwill by the Head of State.

The invitation extended by the President clearly shows that he is always prepared to work together with every segment to do what is meaningful for the country devoid of petty party politics, he noted.

He recalled that the President was one of the first world leaders to call Mr. Modi and congratulate him on his party’s landslide victory earlier this month.

The invitation to the Chief Minister came at an opportune time when Mr. Modi had made a public announcement that he looked forward to strong relations between Sri Lanka and India, Ven. Seelaratana thera stressed.

The Northern Chief Minister should set an example that he is prepared to join hands and work unitedly for reconciliation, peace-building and ethnic harmony, the prelate said.

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