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Puducherry, Mar 8 : Condemning Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe’s controversial remarks regarding Indian fishermen, Congress leader V Narayanasamy today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel his visit to the island nation scheduled for next week as a mark of protest. Wickramasinghe had said that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Lankan waters. (Read: Ranil Wickramasinghe justifies shooting of Indian fishermen comment amid Sushma Swaraj Sri Lanka visit) Also Read - Sharad Pawar to Chair Opposition's Key Meet on Tuesday in Delhi After Chat With Prashant Kishor
“It is indeed mind boggling that the Lankan Prime Minister had aired a very serious comment and stoked a controversy. His comment is absolutely unacceptable and India should show its strong protest,” he said in a release here. The Prime Minister should call off his plan to visit Sri Lanka as Wickramasinghe’s comment, in an interview to a Tamil channel, had demeaned the Indian fishermen, he said. Also Read - PM Modi Launches M-Yoga App on International Yoga Day 2021 | Here's All You Need to Know
Stating that the comments had hurt the Indian fishermen and ‘betrayed a situation that a small nation was posing a threat to India, a big country’, he also asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to cut short her current visit to Sri Lanka to mark India’s strong protest. Narayanasamy, a former Minister of state in PMO, recalled that during the Congress led UPA Government, Lankan fishermen who strayed into Indian waters were directed to return as it adopted such a approach ‘on humanitarian grounds’. He said that even after the change of guard in Sri Lanka, incidents of detention of Indian fishermen and their vessels were continuing.