On Sunday, when demonstrators broke into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private house and then broke into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s official home, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka firmly denied “speculative media rumors” that New Delhi would deploy soldiers to Colombo.
“The High Commission wishes to firmly refute speculative claims that India is deploying soldiers to Sri Lanka that have appeared in certain media outlets and on social media. These reports and these opinions also conflict with the government of India’s stance “In a formal statement, the Indian High Commission noted.
India stands with the people of Sri Lanka as they fight to achieve their goals for wealth and growth via democratic methods and ideals, established institutions, and a constitutional framework, according to a spokeswoman for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
Despite their agreement to step down, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka are still being occupied by demonstrators.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India supports the people of Sri Lanka as they strive toward prosperity and growth within a democratic framework. India also continues to monitor the country’s progress.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the minister of external affairs, said, “We continue to pay careful attention to recent events in Sri Lanka. India supports Sri Lankans as they endeavour to realize their ambitions for prosperity and advancement via democratic institutions, established principles, and a legally binding constitution.”
The MEA Spokesperson commented on the situation in Sri Lanka by stating that India is Sri Lanka’s nearest neighbour and that our two nations have strong cultural ties.
He stated in a statement, “We have stood with the Sri Lankan people as they have sought to overcome this terrible era. We are aware of the various obstacles Sri Lanka, and its people have been experiencing.
In recent weeks, there have been reports of several clashes between individuals and members of the police force and the armed forces at fuel stations where thousands of desperate public members have lined up for hours and sometimes days. The worsening economic situation in Sri Lanka has contributed to rising tensions.
Government offices and schools have been forced to shut indefinitely due to a lack of oil supplies. The shortages have been exacerbated by decreased domestic agricultural output, a lack of foreign exchange reserves, and a decline in the value of local currencies.
In addition to the 500,000 individuals that the World Bank estimates have slipped below the poverty line due to the epidemic, the economic crisis will force families into hunger and poverty, some for the first time.
According to the World Food Programme’s most recent estimate of food insecurity, around 6.26 million Sri Lankans, or three of every ten families, are unclear about where their next meal will come from (WFP).
Approximately 61% of families routinely adopt cost-saving coping mechanisms, such as cutting their food intake and eating ever less nutrient-dense meals, resulting from record food price inflation, surging gasoline prices, and widespread commodity shortages.