By C.V. Wigneswaran –
I congratulate whole heartedly Hon’ Gotabaya Rajapaksa who emerged winner in the Presidential Election just concluded. I hope he would realise the heavy responsibilities his office entails and lay the foundation for an excellent governance system.
The recent election polarized our denizens on racial lines. It has proved succinctly that there is an ethnic question to be solved immediately. The statistics show that the Tamils have not forgotten the brutality and injustices committed during the war concluded before 10 years. It also shows that the Tamils are yearning for a safe democratic ambience.
The Seventh President to be elected has shown that it is possible to win an election with mainly the votes of the majority community. But he needs to remember that the office of the President is per force responsible for the protection of the individuality, heritage, rights and liberty of the people of each and every community. Though elected to power with mainly the votes of the majority community his new office attracts to itself responsibility to solve the problems, aspirations and welfare of all communities.
As a Sinhalese who has ascended to his office with the help of the Sinhala majority’ votes, I am sure he could solve the long standing political, economic and social yearnings of Tamil people by daring to accept the feasibility of solving their problems through the recognition of their right of self determination. By doing so he would no doubt ensure soon the building up of a resourceful, contented and prosperous future for all communities in this country.
Together with my Party I do wish him well.
*Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Former Chief Minister – Northern Province and Secretary General – Tamil Makkal Kootani