Moragoda in Delhi to assess Indian situation

Former Minister Milinda Moragoda, on a short visit to India at the invitation of the Indian government has met with senior Indian officials and politicians from both the government and opposition to make an assessment of the situation there, well informed sources said yesterday.

He will be reporting his impressions to President Mahinda Rajapaksa upon his return, these sources said.

Moragoda who will return to Colombo today met with India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh at an official level as well as influential senior politicians of both the Congress Party and the BJP.

Among the politicians he met are Jairam Ramesh, one of Rahul Gandhi’s confidantes and key aids, Digvijaya Singh, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and General Secretary of the Congress Party, Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in the Rjya Sabha and key strategist for Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Ramesh went on record recently describing Rahil Gandhi as a ``marathon man’’ saying ``I don’t think politics is a sprint.’’

Both Jaitley and Prasad have held cabinet office under the National Democratic Alliance government.

Moragoda made a similar visit to India 16 months ago.

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