Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Minister Mano Ganesan had been provided with Special Task Force (STF) security with a backup vehicle with five STF personnel, STF sources today said.
Meanwhile, the Minister said in a statement that he faced serious security issues and sought the intervention of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and had also written to the IGP in September.
“Certain politicos in Colombo are behind these threats. I have discussed with President Maithripala Sirisena. I have also explained my situation to Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe at different occasions. Some fallen politicians are all out to destroy my party and block the fair representation I seek for the communities my party represents in the city council,” he said.
“The links between such politicos with underworld elements are visible. Some are connected to white-van saga of the earlier era and drug dealers,” he said.
The Minister said he decided to keep his party and candidates away from such threats in Colombo north and added that it was one of the reasons why he decided to contest alone in the forthcoming Municipal Council elections in Colombo
“I have also written to the IGP as early as September. The Police had already been notified. The threat level has increased due to the election heat,” he said.
“Certain websites are printing falsehood that President Sirisena ordered STF Security for me in exchange for political support of my party to his party. To be fair to the President, he did not discuss party and election politics with me. He acted with responsibility and authority in the security interest of his Cabinet member.
“Besides I am not a person who makes my decision for perks. I have a very long clean history of principled politics. Such reports have been cooked in Colombo and fed from here,” he said.
“There had been shooting incidents during last Parliamentary elections campaign in the Colombo north. Lately, there was a shooting incident occurred two weeks before at Modera in Colombo north. There had been reports coming from election monitors on the inclusion of underworld elements in the nomination lists.
“The Chairman of Elections Commission too had made comments on this issue,” he further said in a statement.
“I have neither armed gangs nor underworld elements working for me. Therefore when I face threats, I have no alternative but to seek Governmental protection. I am part of the Government. My security concern is not political but logical. It is my right too. On the other hand, my Cabinet colleagues Rajitha Senaratne, Rishad Bathiudeen, Palani Thigambaram, Rauff Hakeem are also provided with STF security,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
nick Friday, 29 December 2017 06:31 PM
if ur so good no one wants to hurt u via DM Android App
Freddy Yong Saturday, 30 December 2017 09:08 AM
Him being so good maybe the reason those concerned want him dead.
Eds Friday, 29 December 2017 06:37 PM
Good god so people who went from country to country during SL's darkest hour begging them to impose economic sanctions are getting STF security and people who actually led abd fought the war, get thrown in jails and have their security diluted on purpose!Besides why does Digambaram, Rajitha and Hakeem need "Special" or STF Security? Is this what they promised?
LOKKA Friday, 29 December 2017 06:55 PM
One decent politician Mano Ganesan deserves all possible protection by the State. But why Rishard Badurdeen? For destroying our forest cover?
Eds Saturday, 30 December 2017 08:02 AM
Decent politician? You sound like an infant born after 1999. Google up Ganeshan's anti SL speeches in Europe and Canada. This is not politics ..... this is about his involvement with Hon. Mr. Prabakaran and his Vassal outfit the TNA
ceylon Friday, 29 December 2017 08:26 PM
if governmentpolicestfmilitary therehow come criminals are threatabove no.one able to dedtroy the criminals and crimes via DM Android App
Brainmaster Friday, 29 December 2017 09:10 PM
I believe him. Some criminals may go after him. So he is entitled to STF security. via DM Android App
Asoka Saturday, 30 December 2017 11:47 AM
No matter how many STF personals or back up vehicles provided...when you have to go, you have to go...specially Sri Lankan politicians...
rowanthi Saturday, 30 December 2017 12:57 PM
This guy is a cheap thief - splitting vote is the biggest profit in political business,. he is misleading tamils but they will teach him a good lesson lol
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