President Maithripala Sirisena today said appointing former LTTE member Vinyagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman as a minister and as a SLFP Vice President was the right decision.
He said instilling ethnic extremism in the minds of the people is a dangerous move.
The President made this point by stating that extremism is being inflicted in the minds of the people by certain forces that make false allegations against the government on the steps it had taken to release those who are held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and on the steps taken to de-proscribe diaspora organizations.
Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budget in Parliament today, the President questioned as to how one could point his or her finger at the government when the previous government had released 12,000 detainees.
“Please don't use communalism and extremism to win votes as such an act will end up with a crisis" he added. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 7
Tlogi Saturday, 05 December 2015 08:17 PM
Well said! 100% agree. If the move is to bring the mixed community into the parliament then choose the right candidate, not the criminals.
Bala Friday, 04 December 2015 05:11 PM
MR and his gang will do anything to cover their sins. Having done evil now they are asking for justice in the new govt. Hypocrites and shameless.
raj Friday, 04 December 2015 05:12 PM
This statement proves that only the leader is changed and rest will be the same. Karuna is facing accusations from many international human rights organizations.
BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 04 December 2015 05:44 PM
The issue is not whether Karuna is a Tamil or Sinhalese. The issue is that Karuna is one who is known to have committed many crimes and is also named in the UN files. Are we ready to have a peoples representative with such a reputation? His race or denomination does not matter, main thing is we need legislatures who are clean and not thugs, murderers, tavern owners, soldiers, shrewd businessmen etc...
garawi Friday, 04 December 2015 06:16 PM
karuna did not espouse terrorism and joined the government. He saw the danger on his life imminent by Prabhakaran and therefore caused the split! Therefore there is a difference! KP on the other-hand was caught and brought over to SL. Whether he took arms or only supported logistically is the same as fighting for a separate state.
Boonda Friday, 04 December 2015 06:46 PM
Please do not justify the wrongs or the previous regime even though you were part of that. Some criminals too were in power at that time. Karuna, Dogulas, Pilliyan Mervin, Janaka to name a few.
Sincere Saturday, 05 December 2015 02:42 PM
Let us say Ravi mislead the President by 6%. How much did you all guys mislead your own president? Over 100%?
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