Deepening President Maithripala Sirisena‘s diplomatic crisis with India, UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera, a key ally of Sirisena, yesterday said four Sri Lankan Cabinet ministers are linked to RAW, the Indian state intelligence agency.
Speaking at a meeting in Belliatte, a stronghold of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the UPFA General Secretary said they were the ones who gave information to an Indian reporter after the Cabinet meeting, last week.
The remarks were made just a few days after President Sirisena categorically denied a media report claiming he accused of RAW of plotting to assassinate him.
Amaraweera’s remarks are likely to intensify the diplomatic tension between President Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Although the President’s Media Division last week announced that Sirisena had a cordial telephone conversation with Modi, the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday announced that Modi expressed deep concerns over delays in Indian-funded projects in Sri Lanka.
“We will soon reveal who they are,” Amaraweera said, adding that the four ministers had violated the collective responsibility of the Cabinet.
“The President and the Prime Minister have a responsibility to clip their wings as they are involved in a major conspiracy to create disharmony between the leaders of the government and the international community,” he added.
Amaraweera said it was a “grave offence” to leak sensitive state information to the press and his party demanded an investigation into the matter.