United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe failed to serve the Tamil people though the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) stood by him for more than three years, Deputy Minister of Regional Development (Eastern) S. Viyalendiran said today.
Addressing a media briefing held at the Prime Minister’s Office, he said the North and East should be developed first and then they can focus on finding solutions to the national question.
“The Eastern Province was ignored during the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led government. The Northern and Western Provinces have development ministries but the Eastern Province does not. Therefore, I requested the President to appoint me as the Development Minister for the Eastern region,” Viyalendiran said.
He said though there was a project to build 50,000 housing units in the North, not a single unit was built during the previous government’s tenure and said he joined the government on a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena.
“This does not mean I support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Unchikun Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:48
You are spot on. Now you can do it. Get working.
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Chris Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:49
This guy is also trying to hop back.If he is not supporting MR why did he jump onto that side. Another Judas .
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Viyal Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:53
So if you are not supporting MR won't you vote for him as well?
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Real peace Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:53
Rs 30 million speaks...!!!
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Pulse Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:01
Yes, Now you need to tell us more to justify your decisions.. We would have believed you, if you crossed over before the this tragic situation, which is really further letting down the democracy elements, at least we had some
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Mevan Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:24
Did you get the full amount promised by the bribe givers.
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Jaffna Tamil Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:28
The Jaffna Tamils never trusted the Eastern Tamils of Batticalo and Trincomale. Actually an average Jaffna man has more in common with the Buddhist Sinhalese than with the Eastern Tamils.
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Dr.Siri Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:35
What an opportunitist hood winking the masses
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Sofia Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:39
What a cock and bull story. Why did he not hold his party ITAK/TNA responsible first and foremost for net getting what you wanted.
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Dillan Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:40
You are right because tamil people did not want to get bribe 500 million from Ranil. And Ranil does not have China money
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Bala Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:43
With the budget for that Ministry, you can make hay on the money voted to you by giving out the contracts over and above what you got for the crossing over.
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Shelley Tuesday, 6 November 2018 20:50
It seems SB will be hammered by MaRa pretty soon when one by one disappear after taking 30 to 50 million.
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Kumara Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:08
You may be right but SLFP also failed the minorities. Now you will make all sorts of statements to justify your belated move.
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concern Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:16
Waited for three years to make this statement. If this turmoil didn't happen he would have just waited ??.
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Gemunu Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:24
He implies that MS agreed to develop Northe and East and find solution to the national question (i.e. joining North and East). Also MS picked up a point on building of 50000 houses from Viyalendiran.
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UAM Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:35
Even Prabhakaran choose MR over RW and enjoyed his favorite killing game to the highest level. If money is so powerful even to make Prabhakaran a fool, why not this "Podian".
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Jayantha Wednesday, 7 November 2018 08:43
Prakaran too Got Pass marks from MR including many innocent Tamils
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Jesica Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:37
So, it cost 30m to open your eyes??
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vithura Tuesday, 6 November 2018 21:40
This guy is off his mind. Under RW Tamils had the freedom to express themselves and move without fear or hindrance, though not all, some lands previously occupied by the military were speedily released. Compare this with the time under MR regime and any moron could see the difference.
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Thanga Wednesday, 7 November 2018 08:17
Don't take him seriously. He is a turncoat and says things to justify his volte-face. He asked for a Minister post from Ranil, but he was rebuffed.
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TONY Wednesday, 7 November 2018 08:38
YES YES WAIT. MR WILL GIVE THE TAMIL PEOPLE 13
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Sisira Wednesday, 7 November 2018 09:12
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Jaffna boy Wednesday, 7 November 2018 11:02
He received less than 30% promised by MR's negotiators. If they don't pay the balance he will cross over again.
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Rasheed Wednesday, 7 November 2018 11:16
Took 3 years to find out. Very good reason to crossover.
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Siva Wednesday, 7 November 2018 11:58
For those 3 odd years, what did you do and what did you get? Is it nothing?
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