The Hindu stands by its report President’s RAW claim
Posted on October 19th, 2018

Courtesy The Island

The Hindu newspaper yesterday stood by its report on President Maithripala Sirisena’s remark at the last Cabinet meeting on an alleged RAW’s plot to assassinate him.

The Sri Lankan government has so far issued three denials of the story and President Sirisena, in a telephone conversation, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured that he never made such a remark.

N. Ram, the Chairman of Kasturi and Sons Limited, the publisher of The Hindu and the former Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper said yesterday morning that ‘The Hindu’ told the truth when the newspaper said that President Sirisena had accused RAW of plotting to kill him.

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Ram tweeted: “Another case of saying something wild and bizarre, expecting it to remain within a closed room, and then blaming the media for the furore caused. The Hindu did its job — truth-telling.”

“Our Sri Lanka Correspondent verified what she had learnt with multiple independent sources before publishing her report. Let them issue their lame denials, try to wriggle out of what was said — but we stand by our Correspondent’s meticulously fact-checked story.”

President Sirisena’s controversial statement was also followed by an intense argument with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe when the subject of development of the Colombo Port came up for discussion.

A news report by Meera Sirinivasan published by The Hindu newspaper said President Sirisena had vehemently objected to any Indian involvement in upgrading its east container terminal – a project that New Delhi has been keen to take up.

The Hindu report said: “However, Mr. Wickremesinghe is said to have countered by saying Colombo had already promised New Delhi on collaborating on the project, and it was important to rope in India at the terminal, given that about 80% of the cargo handled at the transhipment hub was meant for India. He reportedly sought a week’s time to sort out the issue, since he would be meeting Mr. Modi soon.”

One Response to “The Hindu stands by its report President’s RAW claim”

  1. ranjit Says:

    We are behind Me era and Hindu on this subject because this is not the first time this yamapalanaya government has lied to the people of Sri Lanka and to the world. They came to power in the first place telling lies to the voters of this country. So it’s not a big deal for them to tell lies all the time. President doesn’t know what the Prime Minister is doing and the Prime Minister doesn’t know what the President is doing. Both blames each other and governs without knowing where they go. Three blind mice hanging for power by hook or crook ( Sira\Ranil\Chandrika) jailing and harassing their opponents for the last three years or so. This government is full of Gays,Lesbians and old jokers who has different views which not suitable for ordinary people in Sri Lanka in today’s politics. They are bunch of traitors to our Motherland and should be chased out as soon as possible.

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