The General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva, challenging the accusations aimed at the JVP by the government regarding the murder of popular broadcaster and renowned lyricist Premakeerthi de Alwis, has posed two challenging questions to the government at a media conference held at the head office of the JVP yesterday (1st).
‘Our first question is why the government that holds exhibitions to sling mud at the JVP cannot hold an exhibition regarding mass scale murders committed by the UNP. It is where such things should start. It is the UNP that banned our party in 1983. It was the UNP that created various assassination gangs and maintained torture chambers. Don’t forget that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa went to the Human Rights Commission regarding such happenings. We believe that he still have that information. Why cannot an exhibition regarding the human rights violations of the UNP held with all the information the government has including the information Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa took to Geneva?
Our next question is that the widow of Premakeerthi de Alwis has revealed information regarding his murder. She met us too and told us about it. She said a person connected to the UNP is directly involved in the murder. She said that this person occupies the main chair in Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation at present. She has included details in the book she had written to prove her accusation. If the government is so concerned regarding Premakeerthi we want to know why the government cannot carry out an investigation regarding his murder if the family members too are prepared to give evidence. Without considering any such details the incident is used to sling mud at the JVP. It would definitely boomerang on the government,” said Mr. Tilvin Silva.
Speaking further Mr. Tilvin Silva said, “The government has seen that its future challenge is not the UNP but the JVP. As such, they have taken a decision to attack the JVP ideologically and sling mud at us. This is why ‘Premakeerthi de Alwis commemoration is held when an election has been called so that their mudslinging project could be carried out during the campaign. It is the President who has asked Mr. Chandana Kathriarachchi to re-organize the exhibition. The exhibition is regarding incidents that occurred during 1988-89 period. As a party we have told about this on several occasions. At a time when the UNP had launched a mass scale murderous campaign various individuals carried on their personal agendas. When an operation to annihilate the JVP had been launched mistakes were committed from our side as well. We have expressed our sorrow regarding such mistakes as a party and have corrected ourselves. Later, this government has worked with the JVP. This issue never came up when the probationary government was established or agreements were signed with Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. When we become a challenge various gimmicks are used to sling mud at us.”