Addressing a group of Tamil media journalists at the Presidential Secretariat today President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not mince his words about his opinion on the TNA’s choice of Chief Minister for the North and slammed the party’s manifesto as echoing LTTE demands from four years ago.
The President told Tamil journalists that for professionals of the Northern Province including lawyers and doctors and even the ordinary people the choice for Chief Minister was Mavai Senathirajah. “Even they would select Mavai – but the TNA has picked a person from Colombo” the President said.
He said that the TNA Chief Minister nominee was a man who did not even have a vote in Jaffna.
Retired Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran is a Colombo resident. Before his nomination was made there was a massive tussle inside the TNA between the Tamil hardliners in the Senathirajah faction and the Sampanthan faction which was pushing for the retired Justice. Justice Wigneswaran has also come in for stringent criticism from the pro-LTTE Diaspora and ultra-nationalist sections of Tamil Nadu, where he is viewed as a moderate seeking to work with Colombo. These elements also preferred that the TNA choose Senathirajah and view Wigneswaran as a non-Northerner.
President Rajapaksa said Senathirajah or Suresh Premachandran would have been better choices because they were Jaffna natives.