November 13, 2019

JVP accuses TNA of using communal issue for votes

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of attempting to incite communal hatred in order to win votes at the Parliamentary elections this month.JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the TNA had failed to meet the expectations of the Tamils in the North and so now they are attempting to use the communal issue to win votes. Silva also said that the TNA election manifesto will go in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa since the document speaks of a Federal solution and devolution of powers. The also warned the public to be mindful of false promises being made by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa.Silva said that the UPFA was making several promises to the State sector ahead of the August 17 Parliament election when it was the UPFA which ruined the State sector. “During the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration we saw Rajapaksa using the State sector for the benefit of his family,” Silva said.He said that the State sector began to operate at a huge loss as a result of some of the decisions taken by Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government.Silva also noted that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration had used State sector employees for election work and for criminal activities. “When Mahinda Rajapaksa was President he used the Sri Lanka Transport Board for every election and used the staff as well and did not pay them so the Sri Lanka Transport Board faced losses and it was ruined. Port sector employees were also used by Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was President and so were Road Development employees,” he said. He said that hardline Sinhalese groups are opposed to a Federal solution and people like Mahinda Rajapaksa are now using that situation to win votes. Silva also accused Rajapaksa of failing to address concerns and demands of the State sector employees when he was President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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