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MEA officials to be questioned by parliamentary panel on political crisis in Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Top officials of the (MEA) will brief a parliamentary panel on India-relations, and they may be questioned on the current political crisis in neighbouring island nation and its impact on New Delhi, sources said Sunday.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, which is headed by and has the as a member, is scheduled to be briefed by the top officials of the ministry on December 14, according to a notice issued by the

Sources said the panel is expected to be briefed by along with other senior officials.

The members will definitely question the ministry officials about the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, as the stability in the island nation is in India's interest especially from the security point of view, a source said.

Members of the panel are also keen to know China's expanding footprint in and whether it is impacting its domestic as well, another source said, adding that Beijing's presence in India's southern front is a matter of concern, and the members want to know how is tackling it.

is witnessing a political crisis since October 26 when sacked Ranil Wickeremesinghe and replaced him with former

Sirisena later dissolved the parliament, almost 20 months before its term was to end, and ordered snap election. The country's Supreme Court, however, overturned Sirisena's decision to dissolve the parliament and halted the preparations for snap polls.

Both Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa claim to be the prime ministers.

Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is invalid because he still holds a majority in the 225-member Parliament.

Wickremsinghe-led alliance of several pilitical parties, the UNF, has moved three no trust motions against Rajapaksa, who has refused to step down. has officially conveyed that the parliament does not recognise Rajapaksa as the until he proved his majority in the House.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 17:40 IST