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Action against Vijayakala only after her explanation – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe yesterday (4), said in Parliament that State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran would be given a chance to explain herself over the controversial statement she made that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) should return to ensure the freedom of the people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, adding that action on the matter would be taken after her explanation.

Making a special statement, on behalf of both, the Government and the United National Party (UNP), the Premier added that the Government had looked into the controversial statement made by Maheswaran as soon as they were informed about it.

“The UNP Political Committee immediately met to discuss the matter. Maheswaran would be given an opportunity to explain herself. Necessary action would be taken after listening her,” he added.

Wickremesinghe further said that both the Tri-Forces and the general public protected the sovereignty of this country with their lives. “Many Leaders of the UNP, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Tamil parties were killed during the war.

The Parliament was attacked as well. We remember all of that and we will always secure the sovereignty of this country. The LTTE is already banned. There is no need of reviving it,” he said. The Premier also mentioned the disturbance created by the Opposition over Maheswaran’s statement on 3 July. He alleged that the Joint Opposition made such a commotion in order to cover up the revelations made by the recent New York Times’ article on the Hambantota Port.

“They behaved like that when the Speaker had already taken necessary steps as the Head of this Parliament. There should be strict action taken against their behaviour,” he said.

(Ceylon Today)

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