The United National Party (UNP) group leader for Jaffna district Vijayakala Maheswaran today denied reports that one of her campaign vehicles was exhibiting a poster of the Tamil Ealam map.
“I am told that there is a complaint against me to the Election Commissioner’s Department stating that I was using vehicle No 65-9815 for my election campaign work, with a poster exhibiting Tamil Eelam map. I deny that the above vehicle is not mine and not hired or rented out by me for election campaign work” she said in a media statement.
She accused unnamed political elements of trying to tarnish her image and create communal disharmony.
Maheswaran also strongly denied another accusation leveled by the High Priest of Naga Vihara in Jaffna that she had told media that under the UNP rule all police stations in the North would be closed.
“I have never made such a statement and no person in proper sense will make such statement” she added.
Wijeyakala Maheswaran’s full statement
I am told that there is a complaint against me to the Election Commissioner’s Department stating that I was using vehicle No 65-9815 for my election campaign work, with a poster exhibiting Tamil Eelam map.
I deny that the above vehicle is not mine and not hired or rented out by me for election campaign work. Further more, I never supported the cell for Eelam. I strongly believe that the solution to the racial problem, if any in our country should be found within a united Sri Lanka. Hence, I have no connection with any Tamil Eelam Map referred to. I strongly and catogericaly deny that the vehicle No 65-9815 is not used for my election work and I never exhibited any poster or cut-outs of Tamil Eelam map.
In the Jaffna Peninsula, mass support is booming day by day to me. The floating votes are also turning to our side. Evil elements are unable to bear this and these malicious elements are indulging in false propaganda. A map of Sri Lanka with highlighted Tamil homeland and a photograph of a candidate of our standing against the background was fabricated and spreading damaging propaganda in the South of Sri Lanka. Their intention is to create communal disharmony in the minds of Sinhala masses.
In the internet social media also similar Sri Lanka maps are appearing connecting me personally. All these actions are the work of mischievous elements, who are unable to stomach the increasing support, I am receiving from the ordinary masses. We never supported the call for Eelam and we will not do so. In future to our position is that the solution to our racial problem should be found within a united Sri Lanka. We completely disclaim these cooked up picture of Sri Lanka and the propaganda thus created. We whole heartedly condemn these baseless propaganda. Our policy is to live as equal citizens along with Sinhala people with united Sri Lanka.
Further I have been quoted by High Priest of Naga Vihara as having said that under the UNP rule all police stations in the North would be closed. According to the newspaper this is alleged to have been made at a meeting in Colombo by the Priest of Naga Vihara. I have never made such a statement and no person in proper sense will make such statement. This is another action by mentally deranged persons. I highly condemn this action, who try to damage my good image.
Vijayakala Maheswaran UNP Chief Candidate, Jaffna District Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs