Sirisena's deceptive election promise exposed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 08 February 2018, 15:21 GMT]
SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, during his latest propaganda trip to Jaffna on Monday, promised to open the coastal road that links Point Pedro in Vadamaraadchi North with Punnaalai in Valikaamam West for public use. In the meantime, ITAK Leader Mavai Senathirajah, who has deployed his son in the civic election race for Valikaamam North, was claiming that ITAK's 'collaborative politics' with Colombo was yielding results. But, within 2 days, the eyewash opening of the road for 'public use' was exposed as a farce as the people were refused access to use the road. The occupying Sinhala military has restricted the 'public use' to only allow SL State-owned bus service with military escort through the road on Tuesday.

The road remains fenced off along both the sides across the military zone, the representatives of the uprooted people from Mayiliddi said.

The uprooted people compared the farce to a similar propaganda waged by the SL military, the Colombo establishment as well as the ITAK hierarchy earlier that Mayiliddi fishing jetty had been released for public use when the uprooted people had no land route to reach the jetty. The people from Mayiliddi were only able to access the jetty from the sea, which was meaningless, they said.

In the meantime, some personalities who were representing the organisation of the uprooted people from Valikaamam North seem to have succumbed to the electoral discourse of ITAK's 'collaborative politics' with Colombo.

However, the Tamil people have realised the dangers of the Quisling politics of the ITAK and have vowed to make the TNA hierarchy realise the pressure during the forthcoming civic elections, the uprooted people from Mayiliddi further said on Wednesday. What the ITAK has managed to deliver to the uprooted people in North is nothing else than some symbolic PR stunts designed by the SL President Maithiripala Sirisena, the uprooted people said.

They were comparing the so-called opening of the coastal road from Point Pedro to Punnaalai with the recent opening of Vattaap-pazhai road in Mullaiththeevu.

The State-owned bus service with military escort would take place once a day on 9th, a day before the local elections and on the election day.

Following the objections from the people, the SL Presidential Secretariat came with an update claiming that the service would be expanded to three times a day after 10th of February.

De-militarisation of the coastal strip of Eezham Tamils should be a key demand of any political party engaging with Colombo regime, the representatives of uprooted people of Mayiliddi told TamilNet on Wednesday.


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