Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today said that the Tamil people’s issues could not be solved by chasing him away.
Replying to a statement made by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara recently, he made this remark at a function held in Vavuniya to declare open the new two-storey building of the Vavuniya South Sinhala Pradeshiya Sabha.
“Minister Jayasekara recently said that I should be banished from the Northern Province. But the issues faced by Tamils would not be solved by banishing me. Not only me, even my successor will say the same thing I said as we always speak the truth,”he said.
Addressing the weekly Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) media briefing on 2 February, the Sports Minister requested Tamil people in the North to come forward against the Chief Minister’s racist statements, which posed a threat to national harmony.
He said law makers couldn’t come forward and speak of power devolution concerning the North, due to the racist statements made by the Chief Minister. “Wigneswaran is making statements which are harmful to national harmony,” he said.
“Mr. Wigneswaran has joined hands with the LTTE, its sympathizers and NGOs, to destroy the country’s harmony,” Minister Jayasekara said. “Hence as Ministers we cannot come forward as people with backbones, because we have to think twice before making statements about power devolution,” the Minister added.