Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday was a message to Colombo on the need for greater devolution of powers, said Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran.
Speaking to presspersons on Saturday after his brief meeting with Mr. Modi, Mr. Wigneswaran said the Indian Prime Minister had “planted a very positive idea” in the minds of those at the Central government.
“I hope the Central government will take it upon themselves to change the Constitution in such a way that more and more powers will be given to the periphery,” he said.
Earlier, speaking at the event at the Jaffna Public Library where Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone for the Jaffna Culture Centre being built with Indian assistance, Mr. Wigneswaran said Mr. Modi propagated “cooperative federalism.” The transformation in Gujarat under Mr. Modi’s leadership was possible because of the “content and quantum” of devolution, he said.
On what Mr. Modi told him at their meeting, Mr. Wigneswaran quipped: “Nothing, he just congratulated me and said I don’t look 75.”