Sept 08, Jaffna: Economic Development Minister of Sri Lanka Basil Rajapaksa says the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is trying to mislead the people in the Northern Province.
Addressing a rally in Jaffna, Rajapaksa noted that the TNA election manifesto does not support any development in the North.
Instead of focusing on improving the infrastructure such as schools, electricity, hospitals, roads, universities and other livelihood assistance to the people in the North, the party manifesto has called for power devolution and a merged north and east, the Minister pointed out.
He said the TNA has prepared a manifesto to satisfy the expectations of the Diaspora to pave a path for another chaotic situation in the country.
Speaking of military in the North, Minister Rajapaksa said that it is the President who holds the power to reduce the presence of security forces in the North. He observed that the Chief Minister of the Northern Province does not wield such an authority as the TNA has claimed.
The Minister further said that he will step down from the Northern Spring development program once the administration of the Northern Provincial Council established after the election and hand over the program to the Council.
He said the people in the North have a choice whether they want the freedom, happiness and development with the self-rule of the province by their own representatives or they want to go back to a dark era under a party with the claim for self-rule but without any resources to improve their lives.