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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

Does President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party officially support separate Eelam? – Namal Rajapaksa MP

Colombo, 15 January, (

Namal Rajapaksa MP questions the motive behind SLFP candidates in the North playing songs of LTTE - banned outfit in Sri Lanka. He posed a pertinent question on Twitter, “Does this mean that President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party officially support separate Eelam?”

Recently, Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s Election Manifesto and Candidate Introduction was held in Pilliyar Hotel in Jaffna with a LTTE song.

Former president’s son Namal Rajapaksa, who has been informed by the media in this regard, has made a huge allegation against the government.

Many people including SLFP MP Angajan Ramanathan participated in the event.

In the meantime, the Executive Director/CaFFE Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon also alleged that “On Friday United People's Freedom Front (UPFA) politician Angajan Ramanathan had aired such songs while opening his party office at the Jaffna Municipal Council.”

Election monitor, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says. “A number of candidates contesting local councils in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, including a prominent Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) contestant, are using LTTE songs for electioneering,”.

"We have travelled extensively in these three districts, during our initiatives to train candidates, especially female candidates, who are away from the urban centres. During our travels we noted that some candidates in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts are using LTTE songs."

Tennakoon said that using those songs for an election campaign was against the law. A local government election was being held in some parts of the North after 67 years, he said adding that it was disheartening to see a number of political parties and independent groups using overtly racist songs in a bid to garner votes.

"All candidates must abide by the law. Therefore, we kindly urge political parties and independent groups not to stop using racist songs in their election campaigns.

CaFFE Executive Director added that nowhere else in the country had his outfit found such racist propaganda being used for electioneering purposes.

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