Sampanthan urges parliament to accept Wigneswaran’s word
October 4, 2016, 10:31 pm
By Saman Indrajith
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had complained that media had attributed some statements to him that he did not utter with regard to the situation in the North, TNA parliamentary group leader R Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday.
Samapanthan said so participating in the debate that ensued after MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena, who made a special statement demanding to know the government’s position on Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s recent statement which Gunawardena said was detrimental to national security.
Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said the Chief Minister had denied the media reports. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would give a detailed response to the query raised by MP Gunawardena. Since the Chief Minister had already denied the reports it was wrong to discuss them.
The Joint Opposition tried to instigate people against the Northern CM and create communal disharmony.
TNA Leader Sampanthan said the people of the North and East lived amidst many hardships. “We are not against peace. We are not against reconciliation. We would like to sort out whatever problem through the means of peaceful negotiations. The Northern Chief Minister is a former Supreme Court judge. When he says that media has attributed to him some statements that he did not make, we should listen to him. He is not a man who will lie. I, too, do not think he made statements that the media attributed to him.”