Gota tells pro-LTTE Tamil terrorists’ parties to talk sense or shut up
Gotabaya Rajapaksa got sworn in as the President of Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksas have got down to serious business in dealing with pro-LTTE Tamil terrorists politicians in India by telling to talk sense or just shut up.
While these Tamilnadu parties termed as ‘unfortunate’ the election of Gotabaya as President-some of them even said it would be dangerous for the Tamils in the northern province in Sri Lanka as he would resume his state-sponsored violence against the minorities, particularly because they had voted against him and in favour of the rival Sajith Premadasa in a big way. The SLPP issued a statement telling the TN politicians to stop issuing “such self-centric and opportunistic statements” and focus instead on helping uplift the lives of the Sri Lankan Tamils.
The two-page statement on Tuesday was significantly in Tamil and it simply tore into MDMK leader Vaiko, VCK chief Thol. Thirumavalavan and PMK founder Dr S Ramadoss for their hostile response to Gotabaya’s victory.
“Some of the leaders in Tamil Nadu have never thought positively and constructively about the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils. On the other hand, they have used them (Lankan Tamils) as mere tool to further their opportunistic political agenda…. the statements by Vaiko, Thirumavalavan, and Ramadoss criticising Gotabaya’s election is nothing but an attempt to create further rift,” said.
Most Tamils in Sri Lanka and also here in Tamil Nadu are apprehensive about Gotabaya’s future actions since he had been at the helm as the Defence Secretary when the Lankan Army decimated the Tamil terrorists and killed its leader Velupillai Pirabhakaram to end the 30-year Eelam war in May 2009.
The statement recalled the visit to Sri Lanka by a delegation of TN leaders, including Thirumavalavan, after the war and pointed out that they not only visited the north and the east but had engaged with the leadership (Mahinda) and saw for themselves the various initiatives taken to help the minorities in the post-conflict scenario.
“The new President and the new government being formed will always work with good intentions and in a transparent manner. It appeals to political leaders in Tamil Nadu to stop criticising the President and think constructively about welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils,” said.
While statement may seem bluntly brutal against the pro-LTTE parties and leaders in Tamil Nadu, it must also be seen as a clear attempt to reach out to the rest of the Tamil community-both within Sri Lanka and outside-that the new government under Gotabaya and Mahinda would do its best to set things right in the north and east in the island nation.