Sept 17, Colombo: The Chief Ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has come under severe criticism from the government and state media for a statement he has made over taking up an armed struggle again.
TNA's Chief Ministerial candidate, a retired Supreme Court judge C .V. Vigneswaran at a media conference in Jaffna recently has said that if the power was not devolved to the North after TNA's victory at the upcoming Northern Provincial Council polls on September 21, they will have to take up arms.
He has said that they (TNA) cannot accept an army that cannot be accepted by the people remaining in the North. "The Army cannot be allowed to administer the people," he has reportedly said.
He has also stated that as per the provincial council act the government should provide funds to the provincial councils.
Ruling party Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer has criticized the TNA Chief Ministerial candidate for attempting to engage in an unsuccessful attempt to realize the Eelam dream of the slain terrorist leader Prabhakaran.
Participating in a national radio programme, the MP said the statement made by Vigneswaran regarding taking arms once again into their hands and seeking assistance of India and international community to receive police and land powers is really a threat to Sri Lanka's sovereignty.
A recent speech made by the TNA candidate glorifying the slain terrorist leader as a hero has drawn alarm from the Sri Lanka's southern public as well as from the security forces.
"Prabhakaran is not a terrorist. He was a hero and a warrior who fought for the liberation of the Tamils," Vigneswaran has said.