On Thursday, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, arrived back in Colombo after fleeing amid widespread demonstrations against the way his administration had handled the island nation’s economy. The first foreigner to meet Rajapaksa was senior BJP leader, Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
The Rajapaksa family’s close friend Swamy, who is in Sri Lanka for a conference of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on national security, visited Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday night and proceeded to his house for the Navratri puja, according to reports on Thursday. According to sources, Swamy, a close friend of the Rajapaksa brothers, attended the Navaratri pooja that was performed in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official house last night before going to see Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning.
Swamy has been the first foreign visitor to visit Gotabaya since his early this month return from his self-imposed exile, which came about as a result of a violent statewide rally against him for mismanaging the country’s economy and causing a serious lack of essential supplies.
Rajapaksa left the country and traveled to the Maldives on July 13. Then he left for Singapore and Thailand. He is now being closely guarded in Colombo. Swamy will meet with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Saturday. A group that includes many lawyers will accompany him.
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