No comment on BJP claims to expand here

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said the government cannot make any official comment on claims that the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) was planning to expand political activities in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

The Minister made this observation responding to a question by a journalist at the Cabinet media briefing held at the Government Information Department.

The Indian media had recently reported that Indian Housing Minister Amit Shah has made a statement of a plan to form a branch of the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) in Sri Lanka as well. But there is no definite evidence to prove Amith Shah made such a statement,Gammanpila said.

He said the media has not received any video footage confirming that he made such a statement. This statement was made by the Thripur Chief Minister claiming that such a statement was made by Amith Shah while having a meal.

“Even if such a statement is made, we firmly believe that the patriotic citizens of this country will not allow a foreign political party to expand in Sri Lanka,” Gammanpila said.

The President pledged to 10 political parties last September, that the right for dual citizens to engage in politics in Sri Lanka, will be abolished through the new Constitution, Minister Gammanpila noted.

He said drafting of the new Constitution is progressing swiftly.

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