In a special message to the Sinhalese people, the Northern Province Chief Minister Elect C.V. Wigneswaran called on communities in the South to educate their political leadership about federalism and make them understand that it was not a euphemism for a separate state.
Addressing a press conference in Jaffna last afternoon, the newly elected Wigneswaran who received a historic 132,255 preferential votes and topped the TNA list in the Jaffna District, said that it was time for the Sinhalese and the Tamils to live together in peace. “We are citizens of the same country,” he said.
Wigneswaran said that the massive mandate the TNA had received in the Northern Province was a reason for the communities in the south to finally come to terms with the fact that the people of the North have an individuality of their own. He said it was up to the Government to respect the verdict of the Northern Tamils given in Saturday’s election. “We urge the Government to grant the council the powers that are legitimately ours in line with international covenants and agreements,” he told reporters.