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'Fonseka asked to explain his India tour'

Last updated on: December 08, 2009 15:41 IST

Questioning the purpose of opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka's recent India visit, an ally of Sri Lanka's ruling party has asked the former Army General to reveal the details of his tour and whether he reached an agreement with New Delhi.

"Why did he (Fonseka) go to India. Reveal to the country the agreement that was reached in India," Wimal Weerawansa, Chief of National Freedom Front (NFF), an ally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance, asked.

He also objected to the opposition terming Fonseka's India visit as a "private" affair.

"When Sarath Fonseka engages in a tour of India, the Janatha Vimukthi Perumana (JVP) leaders say it does not concern them as it is a private visit of his. When their so called candidate (Fonseka) engages in a tour of India, that it is a private tour," Weerawansa, leader of NFF, which was carved out of the Marxist JVP, told reporters yesterday.

Fonseka, the former-army-general-turned-politician, who was the architect of Sri Lanka's victory over the LTTE, reportedly gone to New Delhi on a day-long visit on December 3.

Fonseka is the opposition's joint Presidential candidate against Rajapaksa in the January 26 elections.

During his maiden press conference last month, Fonseka had said if elected he would forge "best relationship" with India, noting that New Delhi had extended "moral and political support" to his country during its war against LTTE.

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