Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages and Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance, Mano Ganesan last week said the gangs in the North have no political agenda.

He made this observation in response to claims made by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) attempts by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to remerge should be foiled. Is there such an attempted resurgence.

“There is the Aava group. They are very country type robbers, rouges and thieves. There is no political agenda in their actions,” he said.

He pointed out that the IGP had the responsibility to provide evidence for such claims. “If the IGP makes a statement comparing the latest violence in the North to the violence under the LTTE, then as the person making the allegation it is his responsibility to come out with or produce evidence attesting to such,” Ganesan added.

“Everyone knows that the violence of the LTTE was on and had a political agenda. I have thus far not seen any such evidence. There is no political violence. These are ordinary crimes and criminal acts as are seen in other parts of the country,” he added.

Speaking further, Ganesan also spoke about the progress of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly.

“It has received proposals, which we are half way in the process of going through and making decisions on. By the end of this month, we will compile all the proposals into a document, which we will produce and submit to the Constitutional Assembly, after which it will be the job of the Parliament, and then to go before the people for and at a referendum,” Ganesan told the Nation.


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