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Go Early To Your Polling Booths And Vote For Maithripala Sirisena: Northen Chief Wiggie

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister, Northern Province has today urged Tamil speaking people to vote for Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol.

Issuing a statement a short while ago he said; “Let me urge you my dear brothers and sisters to go early to your polling booths and vote for Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol and not let the undemocratic measures that the government will most likely take, discourage you. I am reliably informed that they are poised to hinder the vote and possibly target several of us but we must remain strong. I urge you to vote as you did at the Provincial Council Elections. Hold strong and may God give you courage.”

We publish below the statement in full;

My dear brothers and sisters,

We live in confusing times. Oppressed, threatened, intimidated and discriminated against. We are at crossroads where there is no clear sign of resolution of our travails. Which path do we charter? To vote for MR or MS or any other contestant or to boycott the Election. I have grappled with this question as much as you have and have come to the conclusion that we have only one option- to vote for the Common Candidate, Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol. I will lay my thinking before you in the hope that it may help my Tamil speaking brothers and sisters from the North and East, from the Upcountry, from Colombo or from any other part of the Country to make your decision.

WigneshwaranAt the outset I must say that the TNA as a coalition party has made a decision to support the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. It is not important whether their decision is right or wrong. Even those who say it was a wrong decision have not come out openly and asked others to vote for Mahinda. Of course I do not refer to the nondescripts who fawn upon Mahinda. Why I refer to this fact is because we Tamils, have been fractured and disunited, which has helped successive groups of politicians to take advantage of and decimate us. In these trying times, we must remain united. Not voting as the TNA has urged would portray us as a divided group with no political power. We have to show that we are a power to be reckoned with; that parties that come to power in the South need us to build coalitions. Voting in numbers will give us that respect and political bargaining power.

Very cogent arguments have been made by several informed groups and even two of my own councillors asking you to vote according to your conscience and in opposition to the TNA call to vote for the Common Candidate. Noteworthy is that no one is asking you to vote for the incumbent President contesting for an anti-democratic third term. In fact, my friends at the Tamil Civil Society Forum have in their recent public announcement stated that the current regime is ferociously implementing a programme aimed at destroying the collective existence of the Tamil people.

You, my brothers and sisters, have witnessed and are witnessing the oppression first hand.

In those circumstances is it not obvious that we should vote against the incumbent to ensure our survival as an ancient and culturally cohesive group? Can we do that by boycotting the election, spoiling the vote or voting for the lesser candidates? No, we cannot. For a vote to be against the incumbent and for that vote to be worthwhile it has to be cast for the Common Candidate. Thus if we want to put an end to our immediate travails and prevent our group from being destroyed we must vote for the only other candidate who can win.

Many questions have been raised about the coalition partners supporting the Common Candidate and whether the Common Candidate himself will continue the subjugation and suppression of the collective rights of the Tamil speaking people.   The honest answer is we do not know for sure. But, we can say, that it will certainly be more difficult for him to do so. You must remember that he is a supported by a diverse coalition, including our Muslim brethren and the party led by Mano Ganesan largely supported by our Upcountry bretheren. He cannot therefore marginalise a particular group easily. His campaign is based on inclusiveness and democracy and therefore it will be very difficult for him to change it. He has also pledged to curb the authoritarian executive presidency and has put forward a credible plan to depoliticise the judiciary and the public service. That would go a long way in helping us vindicate our rights and fight against systematic discrimination. As long as we are faced with a dictatorship we can have no hope of a rights based solution. Opening up democratic space will help us speak to our Sinhalese brethren, who for the first time have understood what it is like to be under the heel of a dictator. They are in a position where they could understand our problems if the space opens up for discussion. The incumbent thrives on keeping us labelled as “terrorists” and there can be no hope of an exchange of ideas or building up of trust. Finally, the common candidate is a farmer’s son from Polonnaruwa who is aware of the problems of an agrarian society. He will be more likely to empathise with our concerns for land rights and our need to get back our agricultural lands.

Others are concerned that we will lose the momentum achieved in international fora. These people possibly fail to understand how these international fora work. Those processes will continue. They will only cease to operate if impartial domestic tribunals are set up and justice is obtained. If justice is obtained we have no reason to complain. It is because we don’t have faith in our domestic system that we seek support from the international community. Of course, given the current system the common candidate will face an uphill task in reinstating such faith, and until such time we will not give up our quest for justice. In any event Geneva would complete its assignment before we repair our Judiciary!

People have also voiced the concern that voting for the Common Candidate is a vote for the JHU, which is opposed to sharing of power with the Tamil speaking peoples. From a legal and moral perspective voting for a candidate who stands for multiple issues does not mean that you are supportive of all the issues of that candidate. This applies with stronger force when a person is supported by a diverse group with diverse interests. No one can claim that a vote for Maithripala Sirisena is a vote for the JHU. I see this as an opportunity to engage with members of the JHU who are committed to democracy and make them understand our problems.

Most importantly, a vote against the regime is a vote for democracy. We have said that the Sinhalese are suffering today because they turned a blind eye when we were being discriminated against and oppressed. We must not make the same mistake. We must show them that as Tamils, we will always support democratic processes and stand up to tyranny. We will win their respect and gratitude. Even if we don’t, our honour and dignity will remain unsullied.

Let me urge you my dear brothers and sisters to go early to your polling booths and vote for Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol and not let the undemocratic measures that the government will most likely take, discourage you. I am reliably informed that they are poised to hinder the vote and possibly target several of us but we must remain strong. I urge you to vote as you did at the Provincial Council Elections. Hold strong and may God give you courage.

Justice C.V.Wigneswaran

Chief Minister

Northern Province

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    Justice CVW,

    Outstanding! You have explained the rationale clearly. Let us hope there will be a massive wave for change on January 8.

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      RE: Go Early To Your Polling Booths And Vote For Maithripala Sirisena: Northen Chief Wiggie

      “Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister, Northern Province has today urged Tamil speaking people to vote for Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol”

      :Let me urge you my dear brothers and sisters to go early to your polling booths and vote for Maithripala Sirisena contesting under the Swan symbol and not let the undemocratic measures that the government will most likely take, discourage you. “

      Thank you . A New generation of Tamils with Common sense. Goodbye Mootals and Madus.

      A new generation of Tamils with Common sense who will select the Common (sense) Candidate..

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        Yes, let’s see.

        The progressive Rajpakse forces are ready for a 100% Jaffna vote to Maaru Sira. But he will get 30-40% out of Jaffna because the Jaffna people will not listen to Vigneswaran (who can’t run an ice cream dansala, let alone a Provincial administration.)

        Thanks to Chaura Rajina, the Sinhala people are energised after her treachery in calling the murderrous terrorist ‘MR’, to throw stones at Maaru Sira’ meetings.

        Now Ranil is calling for MR to ‘resign’ on the 7th (because he can’t beat him!).

        This will be the bigest defeat of the US led Western conspirators+bankrpt+separatist union. This will knock them to the floor so that they will never rise again.

        We will sweep them off the carpet on the 9th.

        Vigneswaran can go to kankasanthurai and jump in the sea, [Edited out]

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      Superb statement by Wiggie.

      Cheers!

      PS: Wiggie should think about becoming a national leader in our country. Not just in NPC.

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        Ben Hurling

        “PS: Wiggie should think about becoming a national leader in our country. Not just in NPC. “

        Let’s do IQ Tests for our leaders.

        Wiggie and Anura K Dissanayaka will come at the top.

        After all, the Nobel Prize Winners in science have IQ’s above 140.

  • 24
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    An excellent statement from an enlightened person who is statesmanlike. I hope this will open the eyes of a handful of Tamils who do not understand the meaning of democracy!

    Sengodan. M

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      ” We must show them that as Tamils, we will always support democratic processes and stand up to tyranny. We will win their respect and gratitude.”
      Proud of having fellow Lankan in your calibre and wisdom. Thank you Sir…

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        Wish that educated, Sinhalese Lankans would stop being complacent, and come out with similar Statements.

        The attitude seems to be, that ‘all Politicians are the same, so it does not matter whether I vote or not’

    • 5
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      If MS wins, he’ll have to stand up to this.
      Voters can elevate the calibre of candidates!

  • 17
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    Way to go. Our present concern is to kick out MR. The Tamils should not make the same mistake they did in 2005. Silence and refusing to vote will only strengthen MR and we all know what kind of an oppressive maniac he has become.

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    Mr.Wigneswaran!

    All this rigmarole is unnecessary and your expectations from Sirisena is like moon walking. That is what happened in the Northern Provincial Elections where you promised so many things to the Tamil people and you could not deliver anything at all. It is understandable as you were powerless. The Tamils have already decided to vote for Sirisena before you and the TNA telling the Tamil people to vote for Sirisena. Yet the Tamil people know that Sirisena is the other side of the same coin. Of course there are few bad apples in the midst to spoil it. But one thing I appreciate your call for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to unite. But the unity should not be only in this elections but until the Tamils achieve their demands. The only disparity in calling for a solution to the Tamil people varies from the Tamil leadership, the diaspora and some of the Tamils voicing in Tamil Nadu. Your request to the Indian Tamils not to demand anything for the Sri Lankan Tamils which would Jeopardise the Sri Lankan Government is wrong. The Tamils are not here to beg or being subjugated.

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      Sellam

      What credentials have you even to hold a candle to Wigneswaran? List them out if you can.

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        Chanakyan

        Don’t ask for my credentials. I am giving my opinion and have the right to do so without hurting anyone. If you have nothing to comment on the points I have mentioned, you just overlook it.

    • 15
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      Sellam,

      Politics is the art of the possible. We have tried in vain seeking the impossible for quite some time. Wigneswaran has given a wake up call to the Tamils. The response from the other side may not be immediate and even if it makes a start early, the progress at the initial stages will inevitably be slow. We, the Tamils have to face it. There is no other way. We should be conscious of the long legacy and long memory the Sinhalese have of invasions from Tamilnadu. It will take some time for them to understand that those were dynastic invasions that are totally out of place in a democratic world. Greater democracy will undoubtedly pave the way for a future reconciliation.

      Sengodan. M

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    It is likely that either of candidates will not do much for the suffering of people from the Northern province. Rajapakse was brought to power in the very first election with the abstention of voters from NP while the situation was that if they had voted against him the results would have been different. The major negative for Rajapakse is the setting up of political goons such as Douglas Devananda to run the roost in the province corrupting every aspect of life there. The elected government has no say in matters affecting the people who elected them. Whatever good development brought was taken away by this set up. Chief Wigneswaran’s stand is based on this set up. I am sure all Tamils know this is an election for the majority by the majority. Rajapakse had an opportunity and he blew it away. However the regime change wished by external forces is based on the assumption Sirisena will be good for minorities as well. Given the history this assumption is going to be wrong again.

  • 3
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    Vellala Wiggy praised Mr Prabakaran and called him a Hero,soon after his inauguration.

    M Wiggy now pleads with the Tamils, both Vellala and Up Country to line up early, to vote for CC Sira, whose first line of defence is the JHU.

    “JHU not a problem “..says Wiggy.

    ” We will brief Champaka and Rathna, because they still don’t understand what we want”.

    “Foreign interventionists won’t go away.simply because you my dear subjects, pick CC Sira.. We will push them to keep the momentum going, while we explain things to the JHU”.

    “Sinhala Buddhists are suffering now more than ever. We will fix them too.”

    “Mano has brought even the Up Country Tamils to our camp. So there is no issue there”.

    In the mean time JHU heavies Champaka and Ven Rathna assure Maha Nayaka that every thing will be hunky dory and tell the Maha Sanga not to worry.

    Champaka even promises to punish the Tamil Tigers who attacked Mahabodhi and Maligawa. although no mention about the Baby Monks.

    But Champika and Rathna don’t know what the one time LTTE TNA proxy wants, according to Wiggy.. …Right.

    Wonder whether Chamapaka thinks Mr Prabakaran is still around .!!!

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “In the mean time JHU heavies Champaka and Ven Rathna assure Maha Nayaka that every thing will be hunky dory and tell the Maha Sanga not to worry.”

      And you are the first one to buy his second hand car.

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    The crux of the issue is that Mahinda is utterly corrupt and runs the country with his family just like the Mafiosi run their business. The Godfather will not tolerate dissent and has the last say in every issue. He is surrounded by drug barons, thugs, murderers and rapists who are ever ready to do his bidding. This abominable behaviour itself is enough to cast our vote to anyone other than him. Though we do not know what future the ‘My3 Achcharu’ will deliver to the citizen of Sri Lanka, it makes sense to gamble our vote on the ‘Achcharu’ rather than the malevolent demon that Mahinda is.

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    Can a Chief Minister of all people say this? Is this legal?

    :-)

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      Are you real?

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      [Edited out]

  • 12
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    An excellent exhortation from a respected leader of the tamil people to do the right thing. It is not only the right thing but also the wise thing for all the people of Sri Lanka. I salute you, Mr Justice Wigneswaran.

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    “We have said that the Sinhalese are suffering today because they turned a blind eye when we were being discriminated against and oppressed. We must not make the same mistake. We must show them that as Tamils, we will always support democratic processes and stand up to tyranny. We will win their respect and gratitude.
    Even if we don’t, our honour and dignity will remain unsullied.”

    Thanks CVW,

    For a principled stand.

  • 2
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    A formal request to vote for common candidate by our CM displays his unselfish attitude and explains the consideration went into making such hard but significant decision. Most welcome, although it was a bit late.

    It is unfortunate that the two members of TNA are trying to gain political millage out of this situation. However, these two couldn’t suggest in a simplest way what the a Tamil voter should do on 8th Jan 2015. Not putting such clear message would, depends on what the majority of Tamils do, would enable them to claim that “Tamil voter have heeded our call”- that is to decide themselves as to what is best to achieve our long term unrealistic demand. So slippery is not it?. Not only that, if Srisena comes to power and did something not so pleasing to Tamils, which he should and does, like not intends to withdraw armed forces from North, to satisfy the majority, these two would not have any qualm blaming the CM.

    Couldn’t they able to figure out sending confusing signals to their voters if resulted in boycott, what will be the outcome?. Or, were these two have been bought by the candidate who stands to benefit by a situation such as this being created?. If they failed to clearly say what they wanted the voter to do, I wish the voters should identify people like these two and send them packing when the next opportunity arises, saying enough is enough, it is too early to forget all the miseries brought upon us, Tamils in SL, by the champions like you. Giving any prominence to these two characters in this formal request is not appropriate. Hope the TNA leadership will deal with the drama queen and the champion more appropriately, do not let characters of this type to hog the mic again and lead the Tamils to Nanthi Kadal once again.

    There should not be any doubt what so ever for Tamil voters as to what to do on the day of election. Just go to the polling booths and cast your votes to Maithiri, which is the best options out of the available. Inaction will only help MR destroy the democratic system of Govt altogether which, being manipulated is already in disarray. Just imagine, can the situation get any worse than what had been already under MR, and therefore it is clear that there is nothing to lose by not supporting MR. But, not supporting Maithiri will have difficulties if not consequences. Because we say to all Sri Lankans and to the world, that we are a lot who doesn’t care about the damage being done to the democratic principles, good governance, public money and properties, justice system, law and order, etc. and we do care only about Tamil Eelam, and have been offended by the comments Maithiri made re the Tamil issue. What Maithiri has been saying about Tamil issue right at this point in time may seem unfair but is perfectly right. To hang on such comments and complain about his stand, would only highlight kind of maturity our chosen two members have attained, if not they were selfish.

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    Chief Minister of the NPC Justice Vigneswaran is a person whom the Tamil people had the good sense to elect with the highest numer of preferential votes. Now that Chief Minister has advised the same electors to vote for the CC who is contesting the incumbent. He has further said that there are many who have voiced their concerns about the coalition partners supporting the CC and the CM has clearly said that he cannot give a honest answer to allay those concerns but that because the CC is being supported by the Muslims, the Tamil up country estate sections and Mano Ganesan’s faction in the WP and other diverse Internets that it would not be easy for the CC to not heed or ignore all of them and proceed as he likes. The CM has further said that to vote against the incumbent is to vote for democracy and to vote for the CC is not a vote for the JHU which stands for democracy and that it is an opportunity provided for the Tamils to engage with the JHU concerning their problems. In my opinion the recommendation of the CM of the NPC will be heeded by the voters in the NP.

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    No point Mr. Wigneswaran. Basil has already built all the ballot boxes and filled them with MR votes. MR has already won the elections.

  • 4
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    A well measured and excellent speech from a true statesman of calibre. I wish we can have a country full of leaders of such standing in all the communities. That will be the dawn of a golden era for Srilanka .
    I listen to speeches from Anura Kumara Dissa on the net as they are never available on the national TV channels.
    He is another who speaks the truth and you can see that it comes from his heart.
    The ordinary people of this blessed country are sadly deprived from listening to such statesmen to their detriment. I hope a day will come soon when the media will be independent to show these worthy gentlemen who could educate and uplift our people from the morass they have fallen in at present.

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    Have the Up Country Tamils given the mid finger salute to Vellala CM?..

    Mano Ganeshan sucks up to the Elite, Anglicans and the Vellalas.

    He has no connection with up country Indian Origin Tamil people politically or socially whom the Velallas never took notice of.

    CWC bosses have made it clear that they will ensure Rajapaksa get elected, despite the Vellalas trying to hoodwink the Up Country inhabitants,

    These poor inhabitants will be lining up early to elect Rajapaksa not the Opportunistic Opposition whose main interest is to get the hands in the till to top up what they have already got from the West and their mates.

    UNP Kiriella has already said in public ,that he is going to get his mates in the US, UK and EU ti make up an Asset Register of our inhabitants’ hard earned Infrastructure, including Ports, Airports, Rail, and Roads.

    Even 10 % commission from White Oldies Pension Funds will be a heck of a lot of dosh for the starving UNP stalwarts, who haven’t collected a commission cheque in 20 years.

  • 3
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    Well said Mr Wigneswaran

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    As a well educated gentleman Mr. Wigneswaran has profoundly articulated the reality.

    I personally respect and salute your viewpoint.

    This gentleman has wholeheartedly requested tamil people to caste their votes for Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena to elect him as the Next president for good governance.

    Why these sinhalese people can not concentrate like that.

    Be very wise and expel this horrendous Rajapaksa regime on Thursday the 08th of this month.

    Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena, Mr. Champika Ranawaka, Ven. Rathana Thera, General Sarath Fonseka, Dr. Rajitha Senarathna, Miss. Hirunika Premachandra and others who have joined with Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena will lead this country to right path and right place.

    May the Blessing of the Triple Gem be with you.
    Good Luck Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena.
    God Bless you.

  • 0
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    Yeah !!!!!!!!!!! Wiggie…………Own goal.
    Here you speak to the Vellahlas & not the lower caste masses.

    GOSL gets to keep the Troops in the North…. Maithripala.
    wiggie will control the traffic for the troop movements.

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    MY3 PACK IS VISIBLE THAT! MY3 WILL GIVE CM WIGGIE HIS LONG STANDING REQUEST IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY!

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    First time in many years, Basil Rajapakse is working day and night…………..stuffing ballot boxes with cooked up Rajapakse votes. Bloody crook must be so busy!!!!!!!!

  • 0
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    Oh please chief minister. You lot are striving for a weaker center and a Sirisena win will most likely lead to such a scenario. It is not rocket science that you will and always had been supporting a collision of Ranil and Chandrika.

    Anyway I must say that this is a smart move. Trying to weaken the center right under our noses while we are cheering for the good governance.

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    CVW was one three judges who fearlessly upheld the law and found the army commander and election commissioner guilty of allowing the army to prevent thousands of tamils from voting in the 2001 parliamentary election.
    The judges also faulted CBK, Anura B & Anuruddha Ratwatte for voting from their residences – and awarded damages to the seven peititioners & fined the army commander and elections commissioner.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8600

    His appeal to voters is correct and laudable.

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