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In the midst of the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the central government has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday evening. During this the situation in Sri Lanka will be discussed. Announcing this on Sunday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that on Tuesday we are convening another all-party meeting for a brief briefing on the Sri Lankan crisis. We have requested Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to do this briefing.
According to sources, the Foreign Secretary is likely to make a presentation to the members on the situation in Sri Lanka and the assistance extended by India to the island nation in the past. The meeting is likely to start at 5:30 pm. Sources said the government itself is convening the meeting to address the concerns of several political parties. The biggest concern is in Tamil Nadu, as they are concerned about the Sri Lankan crisis and the influx of refugees into the state.
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin in his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar had expressed concern about the situation in Sri Lanka and sought permission to send relief materials to the economically-affected nation. Indeed, Sri Lanka is facing an economic and political crisis. 73-year-old Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled after protesters stormed his residence on July 9. After that he had to resign. Even interim President Ranil Wickremesinghe had to announce his resignation from the post of Prime Minister. The 225-member parliament will elect a new president by voting on July 20.
Meanwhile, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the President on a temporary basis on Friday and Sri Lanka’s MPs will cast their formal vote on July 20. Sri Lanka is currently facing acute shortage of fuel and other essential supplies and is battling its worst economic crisis with rising inflation. The lack of oil supply has forced the closure of schools and government offices until further notice.
Chirag Paswan arrives at NDA meeting
Meanwhile, Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan on Sunday attended a meeting of the BJP-led NDA to prepare for the presidential election. His presence in the Parliament meeting assumes significance as he has pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar during the assembly elections due to opposition from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), the BJP’s biggest ally in the state. had decided. Paswan’s party also split later and was ousted by five MPs led by his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras. The Paras faction was recognized as the real LJP in the Lok Sabha, and was sworn in as a minister in the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.