A senior JHU spokesman yesterday said that their party will not share Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse`s election platform as they have a distinct identity and policy and they have made it clear to Rajapakse that their agreement was with him and not his party.
This was stated by former DIG, H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya, who is a leader and treasurer of the JHU.
He expressed the view that the Cease-fire Agreement (CFA) cannot continue if the LTTE did not agree to a solution within the framework of a unitary state. In that event, the Tigers should be crushed militarily.
Even if the UNP had agreed to maintain a unitary state, Kotakadeniya said they would have campaigned separately for Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe rather than for the UNP as there would be a clash of policies.
The JHU hoped to have a 1,000 meetings countrywide campaigning for a leader who advocates a united country with Budhu Samuluwas held with Sinhala Buddhist people in temples and viharas.
`The JVP had the same grievances as the LTTE and the JVP was crushed mercilessly without any talks,` Kotakadeniya said.
He said that the LTTE had from the time the CFA was signed in 2002 taken cover behind that agreement to go about extorting, killing, abducting, etc. Day by day such activity was increasing. `Everyday one hears of killing of policemen, security forces personnel or civilians opposed to the Tigers,` he said.
The CFA could not drag on indefinitely and if the LTTE does not fall in line it must be militarily crushed, he said. Thereafter there must be a dialogue with the `genuine Tamils` and their grievances addressed.
He expressed the view that the presidential election could be a referendum for or against a unitary state. The unitary character of the state was included in the 1972 constitution initiated by the SLFP and endorsed by that party, he said. The JRJ constitution, of 1978 also decreed a unitary state.
President Kumaratunga had in 1993 taken a unilateral decision to follow a different course because of `the so-called international community` and treacherous leaders were willing to change the unitary character of the state.
He said that those who supported the SLFP or PA were of the view that Buddhism should be given the foremost place in the country. President Kumaratunga decided to change that. Similarly Prime Minister Rajapakse had the right to change in the interest of the majority.
Kotakadeniya argued that a strong central government was necessary for the economic development of the country and the meeting of the people`s socio-economic needs. Today, law and order had deteriorated and an underworld created as a result of the country`s socio-economic condition.
While the LTTE remains banned in several countries abroad, we lifted the ban on Tigers and asked the international community to ban them, the former DIG said. He said that the Tigers were allowed to collect taxes and extort money from Tamils even in government-controlled parts of the country, including the southern areas and places like Kandy, Kurunegala and Colombo.
``We do that and ask the interntional community to stop the Tigers collecting funds in their countries,` Kotakadeniya said. `These countries must be thinking we are jokers. It is ridiculous and illogical to ask other countries to stop such LTTE activity when we have not done so here.`
Kotakadeniya concluded with the assertion that the only way to deal with the LTTE was to crush it militarily.