Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today warned that according to latest reports they were receiving, a former LTTE military commander was being commissioned to restart an LTTE outfit subservient to the powers that be.
“Thus the White Van drama could now be enacted by a different cast,” the Chief Minister warned.
The Chief Minister said that he could become a target like Tamil politicians before him, saying that politicians seeking to stress commonalities between people of Sri Lanka often got brutally killed.
Speaking at the Sarvodaya Annual General Meeting today, Wigneswaran said that when his student, the late Parliamentarian Raviraj was trying to stress commonality and trying to get closer to the Sinhalese masses, he had been brutally killed.
“They could quite easily decide to do the same with his teacher speaking to you today. In fact a lot of my students are worried about my security and safety,” the Chief Minister explained.
Speaking of Sarvodaya Founder Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Wigneswaran said he has always fought the deed rather than the doer. “Let me hope I could learn the intricacies involved in this exercise from Ari. Because I get misquoted or misunderstood many a time. If I say we must have a Civilian Governor the media says I am trying to oust the Governor. Surely I have nothing personal against the Governor. If I say please allow a Maths’ teacher to teach mathematics to my son and not to allow the Chemistry teacher to teach him maths, does it mean I am against the Chemistry teacher? Similarly I am asking for a civilian Governor not a former Military person,” he said.
“Similarly when I say withdraw the Army from the North it is said that I am against the Sinhalese coming to the North. Have we asked Ari to remove the Sinhalese volunteers sent through the Sarvodaya to the North and East? Sarvodaya is interested in humanitarian services. Who would believe the Army who are criticized for murder and mayhem in the North during the latter part of the War by the International Fora are in fact stationed there now to do humanitarian services?” he charged.
The Chief Minister said they had no doubt that the Army was stationed in the North with ulterior motives. “We see it taking place. Our lands are being grabbed. Our businesses are being grabbed. Our employment opportunities are being grabbed and to say it most mildly our war widows and women are definitely not safe. How long does the Government want to keep its Military Forces in the North?” he asked.
“Why does the Government not enhance its Police presence in the North and reduce progressively its Army presence if it does not have a hidden agenda? These are questions which must be posed by reasonable ordinary humane Sinhalese in the South. It is indeed their duty to do so. We must not forget that the Muslims are also stakeholders in this exercise. There are Sinhala Speaking Muslims and Tamil speaking Muslims. They should act as forces of moderation towards both sides,” he said.
Read the full speech here