External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday alleged that Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena had accommodated the TNA and SLMC in his camp at the expense of national interest.
Prof. Peiris warned that the country was facing an unprecedented crisis due to the SLMC joining Maithripala Sirisena’s camp after having quit the government over President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s refusal to amalgamate Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Pottuvil electorates.
The SLMC sought cabinet approval for the appointment of an Additional Government Agent for Digamadulla electorate under Section 3 of the Administrative District Act to exercise jurisdiction over the proposed unit. The SLMC sought what it called required financial autonomy for the proposed unit.
Prof. Peiris told The Island that the SLMC move should be examined against the backdrop of the TNA seeking re-merger of the Eastern Province with the Northern Province. The minister said that the TNA had thrown its weight behind Maithripala Sirisena as the grouping felt the Opposition candidate was likely to grant its demand.
Commenting on Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto, Prof. Peiris pointed out that a pledge to abolish national schools in the northern province revealed the thinking of those pursuing policies inimical to the country.
The minister alleged that the SLMC-TNA project was meant to achieve what the LTTE had failed to in spite having a conventional fighting force.
The minister said that the electorate had to be mindful of what was happening overseas with pro-LTTE elements seeking to destabilise the country. (SF)