Colombo: Sri Lanka would no longer be able to mislead India under Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi like it had done with the previous Congress-led UPA government, the country's main opposition party has said.
Tissa Attanayake, the general secretary of the United National Party (UNP) told a gathering in the central district of Kandy yesterday that the era of duping India had ended with BJP leader Modi's victory.
“Sri Lanka had incredibly misled Dr Manmohan Singh's government. It has now ended. Mr Modi is a forceful leader who has built his own power base,” Attanayake said.
The UNP bigwig said Sri Lanka's failure to keep promises made to the Congress government was a main reason why Indo-Lanka relations had soured during the UPA government in Delhi.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was seen as having failed to keep the pledges made to Singh during his state visit to Delhi in 2010.