India rejects ‘baseless’ reports on efforts to influence SL presidential polls | Latest News India

India on Wednesday rejected as “baseless and purely speculative” media efforts about the country’s efforts at the political level to influence presidential elections in Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said the claims made in the reports were “clearly a figment of someone’s imagination”.

In a series of tweets, the High Commission reiterated that India supports the realization of the aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka through “democratic methods and values”, stressing that India will not interfere in the internal affairs and democratic processes of other countries.

“We have come across baseless and purely speculative media reports about attempts by India at the political level to influence the political leaders of Sri Lanka in connection with the election to the post of President of Sri Lanka in the Parliament of Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission tweeted.

“We categorically deny these media reports as completely false. He is clearly a figment of someone’s imagination.

The statement came amid a vote in Sri Lanka’s parliament to choose a successor to Gotabaya Rajapakse, who resigned from the top post after fleeing to Singapore following a popular uprising against his government due to a severe economic crisis. The presidential election has turned into a three-cornered fight after Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa withdrew his candidature on Tuesday.

“For the greater good of my country and the people I love, I hereby withdraw my candidacy for the presidency. @sjbsrilanka and our alliance and our opposition partners will work hard for @DullasOfficial’s victory,” the Sri Lankan leader announced on Twitter.

With the support of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Acting President Ranil Wickramasinghe is the frontrunner for the top job. He faces a serious challenge from dissident ruling party leader Dallas Alahapperuma Alahapperuma, backed by the main opposition party. Left-wing Janata Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumar Dissanayake is the third candidate in the presidential race.

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