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Similarities between Modi and President augurs well for Indo - Lanka ties - Keheliya

Similarities between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and newly elected Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi bodes well for a progressive journey of the two countries, said Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet Media Briefing at the Mass Media and Information Ministry, Minister Rambukwella said that the thinking patterns of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Modi have some similarities.

"Both leaders are very straight and very strong and they have been strengthened by the voting strength as well. There are a few other things which will come to light in time to come," the minister said.

He also said that Sri Lanka is comfortable when there is a strong government in India. "When the Indian government has to have a coalition, political companions of each group pressurizes the leader and the central government. Its not only his or her government's decision, its a coalition decision. That becomes a issue when Tamil Nadu pressurizes us on certain issues and there are other groups who pressurize the central government of India." the minister added.

"If a leader has a straight majority and a strong government, whether good or bad it is the government's decision," the minister said.

"Now there is a Mahinda-Modi dealing and not a Mahinda-Jayalalitha, Karunanidi and Dr.Manmohan Singh dealing. Modi has been elected with a clear majority. So he does not want to depend on others, Minister Rambukwella added.