With Sushma Swaraj heading the Indian parliamentary fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka, at least a section of Lankans feel that there is a bipartisan appr-oach to the Sri Lankan Tamil question in New Delhi.
This aspect was highlighted by the Minister of Justice and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem after meeting the delegation on Saturday. “It is very significant that the Indian delegation is led by the Leader of the Opposition. There seems to be a congruence of views on all major issues. Therefore, any change in the party in power in New Delhi is not going to make a difference to Lanka,” Hakeem said.
Traditionally, Lankans believed that New Delhi’s Lanka policy varies from party to party. Secondly, both Sinhalese and Tamils believe Congress-led governments are against them, and that Bharatiya Janata Party will be more friendly.