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Wigneswaran urges aging Tamil leaders to step aside

2017-11-12 19:47:18
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With the EPRLF led by former MP Suresh Premachandran deciding to contest future elections on its own, NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today urged Tamil leaders, who were over 60 years, to move aside and allow the younger generation to take up politics.

Incidentally, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) is one of the original constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)

Mr. Wigneswaran, who himself has been challenging the TNA leadership by forming his own Tamil People's Council (TPC) two years ago, said the current leaders of the Tamil community must guide what he described as the great Tamil political machinery from behind the scenes.

He said the Tamil leadership was continuing to cling to its positions by various means and argued that next phase of the Tamil leadership had to be identified right away so that they could gain in political acumen and experience.

The former Supreme Court judge told a special meeting of the TPC held at the Jaffna Library auditorium, that what the Tamil people demanded from their political leaders were not privileges, but their rights.

He called on the Tamil political parties to select untainted candidates for the forthcoming local government elections scheduled to be held in January next year.

Explaining the TPC's track record during the past two years, the CM said the TPC had changed the mindset of some political parties from, "we will accept what we are given" to "we will demand what our people want".

He said the government should not think that Tamils should be given any thing more just because they were prepared to accept less.


  Comments - 40

  • Peter Sunday, 12 November 2017 19:59

    Aging leaders have more wisdom than raging leaders.

    Reply : 11       28

    Kadiya Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:24

    Yeah, wisdom of the goat!!!

    Reply : 8       15

    Dotard Monday, 13 November 2017 08:38

    How old are you?

    Reply : 11       4

    avin Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:02

    As if he is young, except him all others must give up their positions. God of tamil liberation?

    Reply : 9       27

    True Monday, 13 November 2017 08:13

    True, Vicky has NO political experience and he is diving the two ethnic groups by making very poisonous statements.

    Reply : 9       8

    Rajamani Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:04

    politics based on exclusive ethnic identity and region has no place in the emerging world.

    Reply : 13       26

    Nic Monday, 13 November 2017 09:40

    Rajamani: Well said and it applies to both sides of the Sri Lankan divide

    Reply : 2       8

    Chaminda Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:08

    So who is going to represent the majority of the SL Tamils living outside the Northern province.

    Reply : 8       20

    Siva Monday, 13 November 2017 09:10

    Majority of the Sri Lankan Tamils 70% live within the north and east. Do not post untruths

    Reply : 6       10

    ruwan Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:13

    How old is Vigneswaram.? By any means does he think that he is young?

    Reply : 11       27

    SeriouSena Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:19

    "Age" is considered wisdom is Indo-Chinese society. This clearly shows this evil man's twisted logic and discriminatory mind-set. Not even the aged are spared. Another Pol-Pot in the making!

    Reply : 12       15

    Jaffna Man Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:20

    Prabaharan has killed almost all of our proper Tamil political leaders that out of fear the next generation had already left Jaffna and moved to the West.They wouldn't come back.Those who are left in Jaffna are remnants of the the LTTE, EPRLF,EPDP,and TELO thugs.

    Reply : 14       28

    DJ Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:26

    As always Jaffna Man informs us very clearly.

    Reply : 3       7

    Hautaum Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:25

    Well come your comments, You should take leaderships certain period, So called Suresh may destroy the Tamil's democracy. Mr.Sampanthan should not beg anymore and Sumanthiran should return to correct path as both had experiences with govt nature. Like Annanthansagari, Siththarthan, Mavai, Sritharan, Saravanapavan and who have correction allegation should move aside would be better.

    Reply : 18       3

    Lal Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:02

    When is he going to retire? He has creating trouble in the North so Rajapaksas can take advatnage to come to power

    Reply : 19       10

    Mevan Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:06

    Not only Tamil leaders aging Sinhala leaders too should retire.

    Reply : 6       26

    Sri Lankan Monday, 13 November 2017 01:13

    Pls name 3 Sinhala leaders mate?

    Reply : 3       3

    Dissanayake Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:13

    CV is 78 years old. Will he step aside as a Tamil leader?

    Reply : 14       18

    Kadiya Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:22

    Show a good example and step down yourself first sir!!!

    Reply : 12       13

    ralahamy Monday, 13 November 2017 17:40

    In his case it is not holier than thou. It is younger than thou.

    Reply : 0       0

    ceylon Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:25

    it perfectly valid sinhalese too.force to retire all politicians at the age 60.government employees age limit is 60. via DM Android App

    Reply : 4       14

    ceylon Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:26

    all the sri lankan problems created by aged people. via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       15

    Bala Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:34

    May be he wants others to go so he could stay and develop his Vasu Bro in Law relationship and bring MR to power.

    Reply : 10       11

    Ravi Monday, 13 November 2017 00:48

    That is better than being ruled by LTTE gunmen.

    Reply : 5       3

    Park Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:09

    Does Wigneswaran think he is young. He should resign first and show that he is honest about his request.

    Reply : 4       2

    Peace Monday, 13 November 2017 01:24

    Vigneswaran will never allow wounds to heal created by politicians of both sides.He is a rascist who got the best from the South.People of both races get on well and more live in the South with Sinhalese.

    Reply : 7       1

    naren Monday, 13 November 2017 06:18

    Charity should begin at home Mr.Wiggy.

    Reply : 3       1

    Dee Monday, 13 November 2017 06:47

    Set an example. Others will follow you.

    Reply : 3       0

    Handipora Monday, 13 November 2017 06:51

    He must give the lead by quitting himself

    Reply : 3       0

    gune Monday, 13 November 2017 07:15

    Vigi, lets start with you

    Reply : 3       0

    Bamunuarachchi Monday, 13 November 2017 07:52

    This fellow thinks that he is young.

    Reply : 3       2

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 13 November 2017 09:02

    I suggest that this 'old' man speak for himself.

    Reply : 2       4

    Hautaum Monday, 13 November 2017 10:50

    Feel, South has much interest on C.V to eradicate his political carrier

    Reply : 2       2

    SJP Monday, 13 November 2017 13:47

    Don't worry, nature will take it's course in the near future!

    Reply : 0       0

    Selvakumar Monday, 13 November 2017 11:00

    Most of the southern racist hate Mr.Wigneswaran because he is a true Tamil leader, not a puppet.

    Reply : 2       8

    fareed Monday, 13 November 2017 11:21

    That includes him too.

    Reply : 1       0

    kumar Monday, 13 November 2017 12:06

    If he is sincere he should first resign

    Reply : 2       1

    Lakshman De Silva Monday, 13 November 2017 13:15

    Vigneswaran himself falls into this category and must step aside, and why not him?

    Reply : 2       2

    CITIZEN Monday, 13 November 2017 17:01

    Are you, by any chance, exception to the rule? Sir, don't you think it is good to lead??

    Reply : 0       0

    Park Monday, 13 November 2017 17:57

    Wigneswaran and the other Tamil parties who are leaving TULF are all being bribed by overseas Tiger remnants. Yahapalana Govt should investigate their asset accumulation and bank accounts.

    Reply : 0       1

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