Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that the government has signed an agreement with India to set up the Sampur coal power plant as a bribe to get the Indian government to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo next month.
JVP politburo member and parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Sampur coal power plant is in fact a bribe offered by the government to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
He explained that the CHOGM would be a total failure if the Indian Prime Minister boycotts the event.
"The government therefore is taking various steps to get the Indian Prime Minister to attend the CHOGM," Dissanayake said.
He added that the only reason the Sri Lankan government conducted the Northern Provincial Council elections was to please India.
"Why else the government signed an agreement that puts Sri Lanka's national security at risk even when hundreds of people were against it? When the former Power and Energy Minister spoke against the project, he was replaced by another minister who could be manipulated like a puppet by the ruling party," Dissanayake said.