by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Sri Lanka is trying to establish cordial relations with Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa Jayaram through Andhra Pradesh ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu.
Chandrababu Naidu and Milinda Moragoda and ~ pic: VoteforCycle.com & businesstoday.lk
Former cabinet minister & current senior Presidential adviser Milinda Moragoda has been given the task of winning over Jayalaitha by Mahinda.
Moragoda is a personal friend of Chandrababu Naidu the chief of Telugu Desam party in Andhra Pradesh.Naidu is also close to Ms.Jayalalithaa.
Milinda went to Hydrabad last week in a special flight & met Chandrababu personally & requested him to help bring Jayalalithaa&Sri Lanka closer.
According to Colombo sources Naidu had obliged & made arrangements for official interaction between Ms.Jayalalithaa & Moragoda in the future.
Sri Lanka is hopeful of a delegation led by Milinda Moragoda meeting the Tamil Nadu chief minister via the facilitation of Chandrababu Naidu.
Colombo is optimistic that a better&closer relationship with Ms.Jayalalithaa Jayaram could gradually evolve in the future after the meeting.
Colombo opines that it is the Tamil Nadu chief minister who is pressurising India to adopt an unfriendly policy towards Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Ms. Jayalalithaa declared publicly that she would ask the central govt to ensure that the Lankan president is tried for alleged war crimes.
Colombo was also “advised” by New Delhi that a cordial relationship & mutual goodwill must be established with the Tamil Nadu chief minister.
The colombo thinking is that better relations with Ms.Jayalalithaa would blunt the pressures exerted by the pro-tiger elements in Tamil Nadu.
The Rajapaksa regime is hopeful that rapprochement with Jayalalithaa could help influence Indian policy in a favourable way towards SriLanka.
External affairs minister GL Peiris conveyed a congratulatory message to the newly elected Tamil Nadu chief minister when he was in India.
It remains to be seen as to whether the Milinda can capture Jayalalithaa’s heart and mind through the good offices of Chandrababu Naidu.
This is a time when hundreds of people are flocking to meet Jayalalithaa & congratulate her. Let’s hope Milinda Moragoda gets his meeting soon.
This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj