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Friday, 13 May 2016 - 12:51
President to Arrive in India to Join Indian PM in Kumbhamela with Opposition Leader Sampanthan
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President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit India today.

This will be the second state visit in 17 months, underscoring island nation's delicate efforts to balance relations with regional superpowers India and China.

President Maithripala Sirisena, returning to the region from Britain, was expected to arrive in New Delhi in time to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi for dinner.

Tomorrow, President Sirisena and Prime Minister Modi plan to participate in Kumbhamela, a Hindu religious ritual of plunging into a river, where it is  believed sins are wash away.

Meanwhile  Opposition Leader R. Sampandan was also been invited to this religious ceremony. 

Accordingly TNA sources disclosed that the Opposition leader left for India last night. 

The Kumbhamela has been organized by the Indian Premier’s BJP at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. 

 Indians consider Kumbhamela has a political influence.  According to BJP sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expects to use Kumbhamela to promote relations between Hindus and Buddhists.

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