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C. V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province  has denied that he had written to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Chief Minister’s private secretary A Suntharalingam said: “I write on the direction of Justice C V Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Provincial Council. He wants me to inform you that the personal letter of thanks sent by him to the Prime Minister of India had nothing to do with CHOGM. He had no doubt invited the Honourable Prime Minister whenever he visits Sri Lanka, to visit Jaffna. Nowhere has the CHOGM been mentioned in the letter.”

“It (the letter) was sent soon after the first sitting of the Members of the Provincial Council took place. It was common courtesy to thank those who helped you and to invite them to your area of influence. It was unfortunate that reference was made with statements made by Hon Kurshid in this regard.”

Wigneswaran was reacting to articles written in a leading English daily in which it was said that he had urged Singh to attend CHOGM.

One of the articles had said: “At a time when the newly sworn-in Provincial Chief Minister, C V Wigneswaran, has rejected calls to boycott the Colombo CHOGM, and expressed hopes that Dr Singh would attend, it will be hard to explain that India’s concerns for Sri Lankan Tamils outweigh the concerns of their own democratically elected government.”

The two articles written in the same daily in quick succession, dragging Wignewaran into the tussle over Singh’s participation in CHOGM, had greatly embarrassed the new Chief Minister. His critics in the TNA have been dubbing him as a camp follower of either Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa or India because of his practical and accommodative approach. (Source: Indian Express)
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  • Suq Madique Friday, 01 November 2013 02:46 AM

    All too soon they have learnt the art double talk?

    UN-Justice Saturday, 02 November 2013 06:01 AM

    Manmohan Sing can attend the CHOGM on the disguise of visiting Jaffna as invited by the CM of NPC.

    hks Friday, 01 November 2013 07:51 AM

    CHOGM is just like a chewingum ....because both gives only a temporary satisfaction to the people !!

    Sabe Friday, 01 November 2013 04:03 AM

    The CM shows he is a practical man, lives in practical world and I firmly believe he will bring back life to north. First lesson in politics is to understand own strengths and weaknesses. Next, with the given SW how to develop (the people) from the current to the next higher step.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 01 November 2013 04:54 AM

    The northern politicians have always been this way, until the southern politicians start playing their racist cards come election time. This has been done by SWRD (sinhala only policy), JR (1983) and MR (caters to southern sinhala sentiments only). So their is no guarantee what can happen next with this gracious northern CM.

    ram Friday, 01 November 2013 05:14 AM

    Indian FM confirms the letter received but he is avoided to announce what’s mater is written in it.


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