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Resignation of Sri Lankan official who made controversial remarks about Adani Group and PM Modi

A top official of the island country, who made controversial remarks on the Adani Group’s wind power project in Sri Lanka, resigned on Monday. A day earlier, these officers had reversed their statement. The official had claimed before the country’s parliamentary committee that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had allegedly influenced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to award the project to the Adani group.

In this regard, Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister Kanchana Vijayasekhar said on Monday that the resignation of MMC Ferdinando, chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), a public sector power company, has been accepted.

Ferdinando said on Friday during a hearing of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) that President Rajapaksa had summoned him after a meeting in November last year. According to the official, President Rajapaksa had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hand over the project to the group of India’s billionaire industrialist Gautam Adani.

Government of India has not given any response yet
However, the Sri Lankan President categorically rejected Ferdinando’s statement before a parliamentary committee. There has been no response from the Government of India on this matter at the moment.

Adani Group said this
Meanwhile, the Adani Group issued a statement on Monday saying, “Our intention to invest in Sri Lanka is to meet the needs of a valued neighbour. As a responsible company, we see this as an essential part of the partnership that our two countries have always shared.

A spokesman for the group said, “We are clearly disappointed by this comment. This issue has already been raised by the Sri Lankan government.

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