Former Deputy Minister and LTTE's special commander for Ampara and Batticaloa Districts Vinaygamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman said on Saturday that it was he who persuaded President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa not to go ahead with the carving out of an Urban Council for the Sainthamaruthu region.
During a discussion held at the Karaithivu Vipulananda Cultural Centre in Ampara, he said that the Gazette notification on the institution of Sainthamaruthu Urban Council was issued on February 14, while a demand by Tamils to upgrade the Kalmunai North Divisional Secretariat had been ignored for the past 30 years.
The Government on February 14 issued a Gazette notification establishing an Urban Council for Sainthamaruthu and dissolving the Kalmunai Municipal Council to facilitate the demarcation of borders of both the councils.
Later on, February 20 Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardane said that Government had decided to withdraw the Gazette with a view to instituting the Sainthamaruthu Urban Council with other new councils that had been proposed.
"I contacted the Subject Minister on the Gazette who denied any knowledge about the Gazette. I immediately contacted the President and the Prime Minister and persuaded them not to go ahead with the Gazette notification," he stated.
Muralitharan said that he was not against the establishment of an Urban Council for Sainthamaruthu, but the Kalmunai North Divisional Secretariat must be upgraded first and cannot be dragged on, on the pretext of delimitation, he argued.
Responding to statements made by certain TNA leaders calling him a traitor Karuna Amman said that it was the TNA leaders who were called by the LTTE as traitors.
"Once LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran-who never called me a traitor-had ordered to shoot all TNA leaders, except Mavai Senadhirajah,” he said.
He recalled that he became the Commander of the LTTE for the Ampara and Batticaloa Districts at the age of 19 and it was a record that nobody had broken.
"It was the Batticaloa fighters who created history by rushing to the north whenever the leader was in danger ever since the historic Vadamarachchi Operation (Operation Liberation), Karuna Amman claimed.
DJ Monday, 24 February 2020 08:48 PM
Oh so you were a killer from 19 years. Anyway the gazette was passed with Presidents blessing and I turn cause further burden to the country. The terrorist who killed innocent people on Easter Sunday came from there. That will never be forgotten
Sambo Monday, 24 February 2020 08:48 PM
So this guy is back in business. What a moron and a very good pawn.
Mohideen Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:41 AM
This Terrorist killed 700 Hundred Poor polices Officers,where is BODUBALASENA?In any other country This Terrorist would have brought to Justice.
Buddhist Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:38 AM
Reading the statements of Karuna its clear he is still an LTTE member. What has Gota got to say about this?
Lankan Tuesday, 25 February 2020 03:33 AM
Now it is very much clear who is making all trouble and communal tension. This is nothing but a dirty politics. President and PM must lend their ears to Karuna at this election time. Otherwise; we know what would happen
Devinda Uduwara Tuesday, 25 February 2020 03:40 AM
Now the reason exposed. Thank you Karuna. Hamudutuwane keep quiet please. We know now you all are.deaf and blind along with the patriots.
Nirmala Tuesday, 25 February 2020 04:15 AM
As a Jaffna Middle class Tamil, let me say categorically, you too should have been eliminated by the Sri Lankan Army when they eliminated the LTTE in 2009.
Shehan Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:08 AM
What is happening now? Hoping biyas eyes opening soon...
Sri Lankan Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:13 AM
Looks like all killers came from the east irrespective of religion and casts.
Metta Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:29 AM
Another record that has not been broken is Karuna was a vice president of the SLFP!!!
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