The opposition United National Party (UNP) sees a split on the views by the government on General Sarath Fonseka’s heroics as a war hero after Eastern Province Chief Minister Pillayan conceded that Fonseka was a war hero.
The UNP, in a statement on its website, said that while some senior government officials were discrediting General Fonseka saying he had not played a key role in the victory over the LTTE, the Eastern Province Chief Minister had said otherwise.
In an interview with Daily Mirror online last week, Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan has said that General Sarath Fonseka was a “war hero” because he played a key role in defeating the LTTE and did his best for the nation.
“It is significant to note that while the Government’s Minister is making such praiseworthy comments and credits him (Fonseka) with the war victory, the Government’s Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapkse in an interview with the Singapore Strait Times, had disdained and discredited the world acclaimed undisputed War hero as not contributing to the defeat of the LTTE in a major way adding that any other Commander could have accomplished what Fonseka achieved,” the UNP website said. (JN)