The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has hinted of the possible role of a hidden foreign hand behind the new coalition comprising Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila.
Addressing the controversy surrounding the recent Ezhuga Tamizh (Tamils Arise) protest rally, media spokesman of the SLFP, Minister Dilan Perera alleged that they did not rule out a possibility of a foreign hand behind Wigneswaran, Leader of the National Freedom Front and MP Wimal Weerawansa and General Secretary of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya MP Udaya Gammanpila.
He said the trio were conspiring and seeking to completely sabotage the peace initiatives of the Government and topple the reconciliation process.
Perera said that the trio represents two sides of the same coin. “Forthwith, Wigneswaran’s statements must be put into the political dustbin,” said Perera.
According to Perera, the moderate membership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had said that statements uttered by Wigneswaran reflected his personal views.
He pointed out that the dilemma facing the TNA at present was the same one faced by the SLFP.
“It is high time that all political parties got together and brought about legislation to punish those making hate speeches,” he explained while adding that hate speech whether made by Wigneswaran, Gammanpila or Weerawansa was the same. There are various foreign elements including non-governmental organizations that do not want Sri Lanka to achieve peace and proper reconciliation and therefore want the country to always have problems as such a troubled climate was beneficial to them.
“The two main parties are working towards the devolution of power, a new Constitution and the abolition of the Executive Presidency and the country is on the right track with regard to the reconciliation process, a fact even the Secretary General of the United Nations acknowledged”, Perera noted.
He said that Wigneswaran was playing into the hands of the likes of Gammanpila and Weerawansa.
“At a time when the two major political parties have got together temporarily despite many problems, why is Wigneswaran doing this?” Perera queried.
“His (Wigneswaran) son-in-law is Sinhalese and he has served as a judge in areas populated by Sinhalese people. The trio is saying the same thing,” he added.
Perera further pointed out that the racist communal elements of the SLFP had made former president Mahinda Rajapaksa a prisoner and were attempting to split the Party.
“Similarly, those behind the resurgence of the LTTE in the north are holding Wigneswaran prisoner and are attempting to split the TNA,” he said.