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Sonia congratulates new Lanka President

In the biggest political shake-up in Sri Lanka in over a decade, Sirisena trounced Rajapaksa in the tightest-ever presidential race, ending his 10-year-rule

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Maithripala Sirisena
Maithripala Sirisena

today congratulated for his "historic" victory in the Sri Lankan presidential polls even as her party spokesperson ridiculed outgoing Mahinda Rajapaksa and sought to equate him with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Applauding the commitment of the Sri Lankan people to democracy, Gandhi in a message extended her good wishes to the elect for his future endeavors towards their welfare and unity.


Underlining the historic and friendly ties that and India share, she hoped that the bilateral relations will continue to strengthen further under the leadership of Sirisena.

Meanwhile, spokesperson Sanjay Jha used the occasion to slam Rajapaksa, saying his defeat shows that "majoritarian has a limited shelf life" and "Finally, the majority rejects it".

In a series of tweets, he said "Rajapaksa was intoxicated with arrogance. Elections were preponed to 2015 (=8), and held on "8"th Jan for superstitious reasons.

"Mr Modi has an absolute majority for 5 years. And yet within 7 months, the NDA govt looks tired, weak, insecure, effete, ill-equipped."

In the biggest political shake-up in in over a decade, opposition candidate Sirisena trounced Rajapaksa in the tightest-ever presidential race, ending his 10-year-rule.

First Published: Fri, January 09 2015. 16:19 IST
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