Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has become very restless immediately after his defeat at the Presidential election because of the pressure from the local and foreign reactionary forces who require his continuous leadership, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Propaganda Secretary and JVP, Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa said in Kandy.
Weerawansa was addressing a meeting at the Kandy Postal Complex Auditorium on Thursday afternoon.
He said Wickremesinghe had begun to attack President Rajapakse`s government outside the normal system of attacking a new government.
`The tradition is that a defeated political group attacked a new government after having allowed it to function for some time. That the fallen group, after regaining some strength, launches its attacks on the government in office has been the tradition, Weerawansa said.
But, this time the UNP and its leader rose against the Rajapakse government immediately after it assumed office. This is not because the UNP or its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted to do so, but the obligation Wickremesinghe has towards the pressure from the local and foreign reactionary forces, Weerawansa said.
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran with the objective of retaining Ranil Wickremesinghe as head of the Sri Lanka government launched fresh attacks on the security forces and civilians to disrupt the smooth process of administration by Mahinda Rajapakse, Weerawansa said.
Reactionary forces cannot do without Ranil Wickremesinghe, who pledged to give up the leadership of the UNP. But changed his mind after twenty four hours and said he would continue to be the leader which was obviously due to the pressure.
`The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) supported the victory of Mahinda Rajapakse in order to perform a duty by the nation. It was the need of the hour. Mahinda Rajapakse was named the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Presidential candidate with defeat marked on his forehead.
The JVP having recognised him as the common candidate gave him the full and unconditional support which led to his victory. The leadership of the SLFP and the UNP had close links. The country would have seen the results of the Presidential election if the JVP did not support the common candidate.
This is the reason for the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the reactionary forces to develop a grudge against the JVP.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is attacking the JVP, as if the JVP has been holding the reigns of administration from 1948. That is why the JVP is challenging Ranil Wickremesinghe to a public debate.
If there is any desire for the progress of this country the reactionary forces both local and foreign should not be allowed to regain power politically. Velupillai Prabhakaran should also be politically destroyed, he added.