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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102

Ballot is better than the bullet for the Tamils – Douglas...

[b]Ballot is better than the bullet for the Tamils – Douglas Devananda M.P.[/b]

[b]Colombo, 15 November, ([/b] In a last minute appeal to the Tamils to participate in the presidential election Douglas Devananda, the leader of the EPDP, says that he does not believe in remaining neutral at this juncture because the ballot can serve the Tamils better than the bullet.

“As a matter of fundamental principle EPDP gave up the bullet for the ballot. We did so because EPDP believes that it can achieve through the ballot goals that cannot be achieved through the bullet, particularly in the current context of world turning against violent politics. If the EPDP decides to boycott or abandon the ballot the next option is to go for the bullet. We do not believe in the myth of being neutral. We believe that it is in the best interest of our people to use ballot and not the bullet. This is the primary reason why we decided to participate in this election,” he said.

The full text of the appeal made by Douglas Devananda MP and the Secretary General of the EPDP is given below :

Our beloved countrymen,

Our friends and relatives from our homeland living in the Tamil diaspora,

My colleagues whom I love more than my very life,

I offer you my Vanakam ,

It is the duty of those who take on the responsibility of giving leaderhsip to the people to guide them in the right direction, particularly in times of crises when people are at cross-roads trying to decide which path they should take to the future. Leadershp that fails or refuses to give directions at a time when the people need to know the road to the future is not serving the people. To use the people for self-serving political ends of leaders amounts to an anti-people activity – activity that would lead the people to darkness.

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