The Jathika Hela Urumaya`s campaign for the forthcoming Presidential Elections will be based on the promise to maintain the unitary nature of the state with a commitment to defeating LTTE terrorism through military force, former DIG and Treasurer of the JHU H. M. G. B. Kotakadeniya said yesterday.
Kotakadeniya said that the JHU had realised that there would be no point in supporting the presidency of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose stand was diametrically opposed to JHU views. That is why we decided to put forward our nominee for the Presidential stakes, he said. The central committee of the party would meet on Tuesday (9) and discuss the campaign.
He said that according to JHU interpretation of the constitution the Commissioner of Elections had statutory power to act independently and announce the date of Presidential Elections without being bound by the Executive, Legislature or the Judiciary. The military campaign against the LTTE in the past had failed due to political interference for personal gain. A JHU government would grant the military complete freedom to defeat the LTTE.
He said that the only way out for the LTTE was to denounce violence and enter the democratic mainstream through elections. If not they had to be defeated militarily.
Kotakadeniya said that a JHU government of the future would grant the Tamil community independence and facilities to conduct their affairs locally as in any local body in the country.
They could not accept the TNA position that they were elected legally by Tamil people from the north-east, he said.