Easterners rejected Eelam concept
Colombo: Easterners totally rejected the very roots of Prabhakaran's
mythical Tamil homeland concept at the Eastern provincial council
election, Government Defence Affairs Spokesman Minister Keheliya
Rambukwella said yesterday.
The Minister also said that they have also given a strong message to
their brethren in the North that they too can feel the fragrance of
democracy once they are liberated from Prabhakaran's iron grip.
"It was a great victory for 20 million Sri Lankans irrespective of
party differences as 600,000 people could step out from their homes and
cast their vote freely," the Minister added.
The Minister pointed out that only 132 election related incidents
have been reported during the election period and out of it 90 per cent
of complaints have already been resolved while unresolved complaints
have been forwarded to Courts.
He added that the two people who had been murdered during the
elections were from the TMVP.
"I am yet to see a 100 per cent free and fair election in this
country since it is a common feature and also for the region to have
election relation related incidents," he added.
The Opposition which alleges that the election was not free and fair
should bear in mind that Eastern people have been deprived of exercising
their franchise for long decades.
The Minister also called upon Opposition parties portraying the
Eastern election as a violence-marred election to raise the issue of
violent acts by the LTTE to sabotage the Eastern elections
"These political parties have forgotten how the LTTE attempted to
infiltrate the East to sabotage the election," he added.
The Minister also recalled the way the LTTE killed 12 innocent
civilians in Ampara and also mortar attacks on civilians to sabotage the
"These facts should also be brought to the notice of the
international community if they are to portray the Eastern election as
violent marred election," the Minister added.