The Chief Minister of the Northern Province called on Tamil voters across the North-East to vote for the party that assures sovereignty and self-determination of the Tamil people, in next week’s general election.
C V Wigneswaran released a statement in Tamil stating voters should back the party that is committed to the principles of a Tamil nation, Tamil sovereignty and the right to self-determination.
“Who we elect should… be able to obtain justice and their rights back to our people,” he added. His statement did not name any political parties.
The Chief Minister continued to say that several parties contesting in the elections have released manifestos that do not respect those principles. “Though there may be some genuine people in these parties, we should understand that their purport is different,” said Mr Wigneswaran. “I shouldn’t have to tell you that our people live in the North-East cannot benefit by them,” he added, labelling such parties “opportunists”.
Furthermore, Mr Wigneswaran called for a strengthening of “our relationship with international countries willing to work with us”. “We can pave a way to bring us a political solution by doing that,” he said. “We should remember this in mind when choosing the quality, qualification and status of our representatives.”
The Chief Minister concluded his statement by calling on Tamils across the North-East to cast their votes next week.
Mr Wigneswaran’s latest comments come as the election campaigning between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) intensified, with only a few days left till the Tamil people go to the polls. He had earlier said he would “remain mute” until the election.