Indian all party delegation to the island today; a request to them to refrain from the tour.

Monday, 08 April 2013 - 8:05


A delegation of six Indian parliamentarians is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka today.


They will also visit Colombo and Jaffna during the trip, which is being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.


In addition to meetings with MPs here, the members are likely to meet senior Ministers and political leaders.


The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka stated that the MPs will also visit Jaffna to look at work on projects supported by the Indian government, particularly the owner-driven housing initiative.


The delegation comprises Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress, Sandeep Dikshit and Goud Yaskhi of the Congress party, Arug Thakur and Prakash Javadekar of the BJP, Dhananjay Singh of the BSP and two FICCI representatives


Jyoti Malhotra, convener of the FICCI’s Forum of Parliamentarians, who will accompany the delegation, stated that the FICCI has been working to constitute political dialogue between Indian parliamentarians and their Sri Lankan counterparts to promote greater political interaction and understanding.


In April 2012, a parliamentary delegation led by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj visited Sri Lanka.


Meanwhile, Opposing a FICCI-sponsored Sri Lanka visit of a team of Parliamentarians starting todaty, India’s Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said it would deeply hurt the cause of Lankan Tamils and asked the industry body to cancel it in expression of solidarity with them.