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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Mahinda Issues a ‘Good Conduct’ Certificate to Vigneswaran

Colombo, 04 October, (

Former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahinda Rajapaksa issues a ‘Good Conduct Certificate’ to the controversial Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran – “Not Racist, He is a politician. ”

Vigneswaran, the former President said, was not a racist. “The Chief Minister I know I don’t believe is a racist. He is a politician. He cannot show results. Just like this Government can’t show results,” the former President told a group of Tamil journalists during a press meeting yesterday.

Rajapaksa said that Vigneswaran had been unable to find solutions for youth unemployment in the Northern Province.

“He has no answers. So to make people forget their problems, he is trumping up nationalism,” the former President claimed.

In the meantime, it has been alleged that, Vigneswaran has denounced the building of Buddhist temples arbitrarily in the Northern Province. Also a hate-campaign in the South against Vigneswaran has been launched, stating him saying that Buddhist temples should not be built in the North and that Sinhalese should not live in the North and they should be evicted from North.

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) has already denounced such statement said to be forthcoming from Vigneswaran and has announced that it is planning to stage a protest in Colombo Fort with the participation of the leaders of the Joint Opposition on Wednesday (5), demanding the government to arrest the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran.

PHU General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila has also stated that he will be handing over a written complaint to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to probe an inquiry into the issue.

Earlier, while addressing the 42nd National Sports Festival recently held at the Alfred Duraiyappa stadium, Vigneswaran claimed that people were making adverse comments about his utterances without getting his Tamil speeches properly translated into English and Sinhalese.

He appealed to his critics and detractors in the South not to spread falsehoods about him based on a misreading of his Tamil speeches, and create ethnic differences with dangerous consequences.

Giving an example of the dangerous consequences of misinterpretations and spreading falsehoods, he recalled how the 1958 anti-Tamil riots were triggered by a false story that one Seneviratne, a Sinhalese man, had been cut into pieces by Tamils and that his body parts were put in boxes. The story was proved wrong eventually, but not before many Tamils lost their lives or property, Vigneswaran said.

- Asian Tribune -

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Vigneswaran - File Photo
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