Govt. makes more false promises to people that suffered for 30 years – JVP
Monday, 16 September 2013 19:32
Making false promises to the people who suffered for thirty years due to the war is a regretful situation says the Member of the Central Committee of the JVP Sunil Handunneththi.
Speaking at a special media conference held at Arundathi Hotel in Vavuniya today (16th) Mr. Handunnethti said, “We commenced our election campaign requesting people in the North to bring victory to the JVP to establish national unity. At this moment the election campaigns are coming to an end you would realize that this request is very justifiable. For, the government and other communalist political parties have made the election campaign a communal affair. The government and the TNA have subjected the whole election campaign to communalism. We, as the JVP, made a request to the people during the campaign to rally to build national unity against communalism. The election manifesto presented by the TNA for the election addresses Tamil communalism. The government carried out Sinhalese communalist propaganda against this move of the TNA not only in the North but also in the other two provinces where the elections are to be held. During the election campaign the communalism in the North sustained the communalism in the South and vice versa. Like in a volley ball match the TNA fed the ball for the government to hit dashes. The dashes were hit not only in the North but also in the other two provinces. However, the JVP rejected both these communalisms, took the stand that the only solution is national unity and carried out its election campaign successfully. We never contributed to petty communalism. We have our determination and would endevaour to build national unity. Most in the North had come to know about the JVP from what other political parties had told about us. Certain communal sections had implanted wrong notions regarding the JVP among the Tamil masses. During this election campaign the JVP was able to remove the wrong impressions created by others in the minds of the people in the North and let the people have a correct impression regarding the JVP and politics in the country. During this election process we were able to prove that the JVP was the only political party that could build unity among Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher and Malay people. We consider this as our biggest achievement in the campaign.
We were able to convince the people in the North that the national question could be solved beyond the election process. We took measures to distribute about 10,000 copies of ‘An approach for the Solution of the National Question’ among the people in the North. Meanwhile, the government spread communalism. We, of the JVP, sowed seeds of national unity over the abandoned lands in the North. We went to every nook and corner in the North taking the message of national unity. The government, going beyond communalism, used the campaign to spread religious and caste differences as well as regionalism. Certain political parties put up posters saying “Let’s be Hindus’. The election campaign was dragged to such a low level. Cast system was used to get down the crowd for the Mullaithivu rally the President participated. The people who got on to the stage said they have issues due to cast system and they attended the rally due to that. The head of the country falls below the level of a provincial councilor.
‘Yal Devi’ train came to Killinochchi. It’s good. However, what did the President say when he inaugurated the service? “I want the Northern provincial council. If I don’t get it I wouldn’t do anything.” What a paltry statement! When the war was over the President said “Let’s forget the past. We all are equal.” Now he says if the provincial council is not given he would not do anything. This is where the division is! In one hand it is a threat to the people in the North. On the other the opening of the rail line is a bribe. This is not the way for an ethical leadership. This statement destroyed the little trust people in the North had regarding the South after the war. The JVP vehemently condemn this statement. We denounce communalism, religionism, cast differences and regionalism certain communalist political parties and organizations spread. Instead, we struggle for national unity.
We challenge the government and other political parties who claim they represent Tamil masses to prove that they did not carry out their campaigns using communalism, religionism, cast and regionalism. We ask the people in this country as well as those Sri Lankans living abroad to understand the communalism of the government and the TNA. Also, we ask voters to cast their votes for the JVP to oppose communalism. Every vote given to the JVP is a vote for national unity. We ask the people to take a decision regarding political parties that shout national unity only on election stages. Our satisfaction in this election process is our campaign that we carried out sans communalism, religionism, cast system and regionalism.
Not a single word regarding the real issues of the Tamil people in the North was mentioned by the government or the Tamil political parties that pretended to represent Tamil people. The issues of the displaced and land issues were not mentioned. Various pageants are held to win votes at the future elections. Those political parties that pretend as saviors of the Tamil masses never ask the government to release the youths that are detained in various prisons. There is no civil administration in the North at present. There is no media freedom. The language issue has escalated. There are no facilities for the Tamil people to get work done from state institutions. The JVP raised these issues and made use of the election campaign to demand the government to protect the rights of all the people and treat everyone equally. We have made this an opportunity to make the people aware of their rights and to rally them to struggle for them.”
The Member of the Central Committee of the JVP Ramalingam Chandrasekar, candied for Killinochchi district S. Rajendran, candidate for Vavuniya District Upali Samarasinghe also participated.