SLFP’s Batticaloa organizer decries separatism:
‘Say No to communal card’
Politicians have to put a full stop to communal and ethnic politics
and commence national politics to solve the ethnic issue and ensure
peace and harmony in the future, Presidential coordinator for the
Batticaloa district and Batticaloa Sri Lanka Freedom Party organiser,
Arun Thambimuttu said.
“We have to groom national level politicians who do not play the
ethnic card to come to power and stay in power,” he told the Daily News
Thambimuttu said almost all politicians in the country played the
ethnic card in the past, to come to power and stay in power.
“Hate speeches were carried out by them freely. Such acts should be
made illegal in Sri Lanka. They made Sri Lanka a Colombo centred
country. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the only leader who brought
development to far away parts of the country.
“The Eastern Province alone received around 40 new bridges under this
regime which were only promises during the past,” he said.
Thambimuttu said the institution of the President should be further
strengthened allowing the President to choose technocrats to lead
“Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is a specialist in his field
and his professionalism is behind the success of all the work undertaken
by his ministry. Similarly, all other subjects should be handled by
technocrats appointed by the President to speed up development,” he
Commenting on the devolution of power, Thambimuttu stressed the
importance of avoiding devolving power between ethnicities.
“Devolving power among ethnicities creates suspicion and it can be
biased at times. The power should be given to the people at grassroot
level and not to certain ethnicities or provinces,” he said.
“Power should be granted to each district allowing the people to
solve their own problems within their villages without traveling to the
centre of the province. People living in Colombo think that other parts
of the country are outstation and the people living in other parts of
the country think that Colombo is outstation.
This is the reality,” Thambimuttu said.
“It is unfortunate that yet, some politicians, especially a former
Sri Lankan President, plays the ethnic card to communicate certain
‘messages’ to the outside world and the international community. A
former Sri Lankan President said in India recently that the Sinhala
people are not against devolving power. This clearly shows how the
ethnic card is still being played in politics,” he added.