JVP has issued a media release regarding smear campaigns carried out by certain bankrupt political groups against it using the barbaric bomb attacks that were carried out on the 21st. It states fraudsters, who are responsible for various kinds of frauds and corruption, using sensitive incidents to carry out smear campaigns against the JVP in a bid to hide their nudity and fulfill their vile political interests should be condemned.
After the barbaric bomb attacks carried out on the 21st that killed more than 300 unarmed innocent civilians and injured more than 500 others, A vulnerable and an apprehensive situation has surfaced in the country. It is the responsibility of all including the authorities to counteract this situation and create a protected situation where people could lead their normal lives.
It is evident that the security sections and the government failed to prevent the barbaric attack. What the authorities should do now is not to put the blame on each other but to accept the relevant responsibilities, prevent reoccurring of such a situation, affirm security of the people and provide relief to the distressed.
On the other hand, the responsibility of all citizens and political groups is not to use the sensitive moment for each others’ petty political interests but to act responsibly. However, certain bankrupt political groups seem to be fishing in troubled waters. The smear campaign targeting the JVP is such an attempt. As such, we believe that we should make a clarification.
It has been established that a person who was arrested at Dematagoda in connection with the incidents represented the JVP national list at the general election in 2015. He is not a member of the JVP or an activist. The JVP included persons in the national list to give opportunities to people from various professions and nationalities who do not get an opportunity to contest elections.
All those who have a conscience and are not hypocritical know that the JVP doesn’t sustain such barbaric acts but a political party that is disciplined and acts with responsibility. As such, carrying out a smear campaign against the JVP based on an individual who has been arrested on suspicion is indeed a move carried out by bankrupt political groups with a sinister motive.
While it is the responsibility of the security sections to investigate whether this individual or members of his family are connected with the incidents in any way and punish the perpetrators, it should be emphasized that the JVP is prepared to assist in any manner in such investigation.
Finally, it should be emphasized that fraudsters, who are responsible for various kinds of frauds and corruption, using such sensitive incidents to carry out smear campaigns against the JVP in a bid to hide their nudity and fulfil their vile political interests is regrettable. It is an act that should be rejected by all with a conscience.
As such, we call upon all Sri Lankans not to be misled by such smear campaigns and to act responsibly at this sensitive moment
On behalf of the Political Bureau
M. Tilvin Silva
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna