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Lanka ruling party accuses Rajapaksa of 'duplicity' over airport deal

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The UNP - the main party in Sri Lanka's ruling coalition - today charged former Rajapaksa with "duplicity" over a contentious airport deal.

"This is their duplicity. They tell locals something and tell something else completely," said, referring to

Amarasena was reacting to Rajapaksa's meeting with in yesterday.

"He (Rajapaksa) has said that he was not opposed to Mattala (the airport deal in southern where India's airport authority is to enter a joint venture)," Amarasena said.

Rajapaksa in an interview in had said that he was not opposed to the airport deal but was only opposed to the privatisation programme of his successor

However, Rajapaksa's joint opposition has earlier led public agitations against the proposed deal to operate the They dubbed it a sell-out of a national asset to

In 2017, a public demonstration by the opposition saw Rajapaksa's son Namal, who is also currently in with his father, being arrested when they demonstrated near the at Hambantota near the

The has been dubbed "the world's emptiest international airport" due to its low number of flights despite its large size.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 20:50 IST