‘Opposition should support Govt against foreign
Ranil’s Jaffna rally, a ploy
Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake said Opposition Leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to hold the UNP May Day rally in Jaffna
was a a ploy to grab power with the help of the pro-LTTE diaspora and
This is unfortunate and hypocritical. The UNP has no reason
whatsoever to conduct its May Day rally in Jaffna as it could not win
even the Local Government elections in the North.
Therefore, this is an attempt to resurrect the LTTE. The UNP is also
trying to convey to some Western forces that if the President and the
Government are not in their good books that it would do anything to
appease them, the Minister told the Sunday Observer.
The Minister said whatever internal dissension, ideological or policy
rifts, the main Opposition should support the Government against foreign
interference. It, however, regretted that the main Opposition has failed
in this regard.
Minister Dissanayake said there are a few reasons for the UNP to
conduct its May Day rally in Jaffna as May 1 was the day on which
President R. Premadasa was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber.
Moreover, Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to sabotage the Premadasa
commemoration which will be held on May 1. That is why it has been made
compulsory for all other UNP MPs to attend its May Day rally in Jaffna
except MPs Sajith Premadasa and Dilip Wedaarachchi.
The Minister deplored the manner in which the UNP conducts its
affairs today. The youth in the North took to weapons during the UNP
Dead bodies were burnt on roads during the UNP regime from 1987 to
1990. But nobody questioned those brutal killings. JVP and UNP
supporters were brutally killed. The JVP also killed UNP supporters.
The, then UNP Government killed JVP supporters and burnt them on roads
The UNP should be happy with the initiative taken by the Government
to end the war against terrorism. Wickremesinghe recently toured
Kilinochchi to see LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s house. When
Wickremesinghe signed the MoU with the LTTE leader, he could not go to
Kilinochchi to meet Prabhakaran.
At present the TNA and all other Tamil politicians can go to the
North to look after their property or interact with their people. They
are enjoying this freedom due to President Mahinda Rajapaksa freeing the
North from the LTTE. However, the TNA keeps mum on it due to the
pressure by the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora and the West.