Video: Fear of losing election prompts CWC attack: NUW

Nuwara Eliya District MP and National Workers Union (NWU) Deputy Leader S. P. Rajathurai told a news conference today that the attack orchestrated by the supporters of Minister Arumugam Thondaman was a reaction to his crossing over from the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) to the NWU.

Mr. Rajathurai said the CWC supporters feared that the Government would use him as a ‘trump card’ to defeat the CWC whose supporters had even alleged that he took large sums of money as an inducement to cross over.

He said this animosity was what prompted the attack. Mr. Rajathurai denied allegations against him and said the reason for his crossing over was because he sidelined by the CWC. He said within weeks of joining the NWU he was made the party’s deputy leader.

NWU Leader P. Digambaran said the attack was solely motivated by fear of defeat in the upcoming elections. He said the NWU could have retaliated but refrained from doing so because it did not believe in stooping to such levels to win an election. (Jehan Gunasekara)

(Pix By Pradeep Pathirana)

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