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Good governance government evades Tamils' problems due to fear MR will return - Wigneswaran
[Sunday 2017-09-10 19:00]

The Chief Minister of Northern Province CV Wigneswaran says good governance government will not really seek solutions to the problems of the Tamil people in the North due to the fear that Mahinda Rajapaksa will be able to return to power.

The Chief Minister of Northern Province CV Wigneswaran says good governance government will not really seek solutions to the problems of the Tamil people in the North due to the fear that Mahinda Rajapaksa will be able to return to power. "The government is still scared that Mahinda Rajapaksa will come back if something good is done to the Tamil people," the Chief Minister told BBC Sandeshaya.

  

In doing so, the problems of the Tamil people can never be solved, he added. "When they talk with us, they talk well, accept everything and say yes yes. But when we ask later why they do not do anything they say we have to take measures slowly, otherwise Mahinda Rajapaksa will come bank to power," Wigneswaran said. The Chief Minister made this statement in a telephone conversation with the BBC Sinhala Service in London after he called on the Chief Prelate of Malwatte Chapter yesterday. The Chief Minister said the Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter spoke about the issues of the people of the North without any political objective.

"He does not want to talk politics. Everything He spoke was about humanity. He talked with us very nicely, and I think that all Buddhist monks should be like him," Wigneswaran said. The Chief Minister said the Chief Prelate pointing out that there are 89,000 widows in the North asked him to take measures to resolve their problems. "I have told our people about that but they did not pay attention," Wigneswaran quoted the Mahanayake Thera. When asked who were meant by "our people" the northern Province Chief Minister he believed the Chief Prelate referred to Southern politicians.

When BBC questioned the Chief Minister about the allegation that he provokes communalism among the people in the North to achieve their political objective, Wigneswaran said he did not provoke communalism but tried to get the promises made to their people fulfilled. When the promises given to our people were not fulfilled, we tried to win them, we did not provoke communalism. Politicians in the South are arousing racism for their advantage. Once party screams when the other party tries to do something good. When Chandrika tried to do something good Ranil burned the documents inside the Parliament. Today it's the other way. We have the problems in the North. People in the South raises communalism," Wigneswaran said. The Chief Minister, who is a former Supreme Court Judge, said a recent Supreme Court ruling has confirmed that the country's unitary status will not be harmed if the power is devolved through a federal system to resolve the national question.

  
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