JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake said that past governments had attempted to sign the agreement with India but could not do so owing to several protests.
He says now the current government is also attempting to sign the agreement without having the mandate from the public.
Ratnayake said that the CEPA agreement has not been backed by Sri Lankans in the past as it does not favour Sri Lanka.
The Parliamentarian said that while the Indian Government, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka and some Indian companies in Sri Lanka want the agreement, Sri Lankans are not for it. (Colombo Gazette)