Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi this morning on a three-day visit during which he will address a public gathering in New Delhi.
Rajapaksa and his delegation were welcomed by BJP stalwart Dr. Subramanian Swamy, a long-time friend of the former Sri Lankan President and the facilitator of the visit.
Rajapaksa's speech, according to Swamy, will be on strengthening Indo-Lanka relations and the way forwad.
The former Sri Lankan President, however, had a turbulent relationship with India towards the latter part of his government.
Rajapaksa even accused the Indian intelligence service of working behind his back to bring his former aide, Maithripala Sirisena, to power.
Despite these bitter allegations, Rajapaksa have maintained cordial releations, on a personal level, with Indian Prime Minister narendra Modi and his camp.
Swamy, a minor party leader affiliated with the BJP, has often described Rajapaksa as a true friend of India.
The former President's visit to New Delhi can be contrued as an effort to mend his relations with the 'big brother' before his party's comeback bid next year.
Sources : asianmirror
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