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All-party meet on Sri Lanka turns sour as Govt cites states' economic condition

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that Sri Lanka is in a serious crisis but dismissed suggestions that India could have a similar crisis

Tuesday July 19, 2022 10:17 PM, IANS

All Party Meet on Sri Lanka

New Delhi: An all-party meeting, called by the government on Tuesday on the Sri Lanka crisis, saw protests by members of opposition parties over the economic conditions of Indian states being discussed.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that Sri Lanka is in a serious crisis but dismissed suggestions that India could have a similar crisis.

He said that the big lessons of Sri Lanka is to be drawn on fiscal prudence and good governance, and "fortunately in this country, under the leadership of the PM, we have both in very ample measures".

What upset the opposition?

However, as the presentation by Finance Ministry officials had apprehensions that freebies could damage economic condition of the states, the opposition objected to economic condition of the states being brought up.

 


After the meeting, Jaishankar said:

"It was the government's initiative as to tell the leaders about the situation of the states.. Total 46 parties were invited, 28 attended the meeting... 8 ministers were from the government. Why we called this meeting is because... we wanted to all parties, all leaders of the country to appreciate... There is a very serious crisis in Sri Lanka... The situation in Sri Lanka is very unprecedented, and it is facing a financial and political crisis."

He clarified that there was "no political intent" but the officials presented economic situation of all the states.

However, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy, who attended the meeting, said:

"It was improper to call meeting on Sri Lanka and give presentation on the states."

From the government side, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi was present while P Chidambaram and Manickam Tagore of the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar, DMK's T.R. Baalu and M.M. Abdulla were among those present.

 

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