UNP says situation in South bad if not worse

  • 20 Mar 2006 22:42:01 GMT

    I feel that North and East must continue to participate in elections - however difficult it might be. The results must be `owned` by the people - whether they bring pleasure or pain. Otherwise people of North and East would become indifferent and that would lead to claims of separate state.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 20 Mar 2006 22:47:16 GMT

    Ok so im missing something here... So question for all the LTTE supporters on this forum...Why is the LTTE demanding the elections be postphoned??? Isnt it better for the LTTE to contest the elections and win (hook or by crook). That gives them legitimacy (like in the case of the TNA) and get their hands on ever more money??? Im trying to see things from the LTTEs perspective and im not getting it here...

  • 21 Mar 2006 00:30:30 GMT

    Paras who operate in the east will take a shot at candidates who are unarmed. LTTE wants to prevent it.

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=17506

    `The ground situation in the East, where paramilitaries continue with threats, attacks, abductions and extortions, is not conducive to holdin elections,` Adaikalanathan said.

  • 21 Mar 2006 02:11:37 GMT

    North of sri lanka was in a wast situation then this during last year,but still they held presidential election.why can not they held the local gov, election this time,when the situation is all most normal,I don`t understand what kind of a election is this.

  • 21 Mar 2006 03:05:49 GMT

    Very interesting, JHU and LTTE on the same side of the local elections issue.

    My hunch is that the LTTE are not willing to have any elections in the North East until they see what the GOSL does in the next few months.

    Going forward with elections would lend legitimacy to GOSL authority in LTTE held (and desired) areas. They may want to see what the GOSL does with the paras. The only way they would be willing to participate is if their victory is assured. SInce thier is danger to their cadre from Karuna et al they feel its better to ask for a postponement.

    If the ground situation does not improve they will feel compelled to launch another round of attacks through thier proxy`s or directly. Either way with the involvement of the foreign powers as deep as it is all out war does seem unlikely in the near future. Rather the shadow war will continue to the detriment of the LTTE who will repsond with proxy attacks to check the GOSL.

    Has the LTTE swallowed the IC bait too deeply? Is the Tiger caught in a trap? Politics in general and SL politics in particular of course is full of surprises and strange bedfellows so anything is possible. Will the poor of the NorthEast and the rest of the island suffer even greater misery? That is probably the only thing that is assured.

  • 21 Mar 2006 07:23:21 GMT

    UNP

    Who are they

    are they the party that is led by a person call Ranil W?

    If so are they an off branch of the terrorist group that is known as LTTE?

  • 21 Mar 2006 15:08:08 GMT

    Vimukthi,

    I accept some of your arguments as to the LTTE`s strategy regarding the elections.

    How can you have elections in the Nrtheast when there are paramilitaries roaming around intimidating the voters and committing murder? The candiadates` lives are at risk and the people will also be scared to go out and vote.The election will not be free and fair.

    In the South, the problem is with the thugs affiliated to political parties commiting acts of violence at the behest of the political parties. Ballot rigging, bribery, violence and intimidation are part and parcel of Sri Lankan elections.Are the elections free and fair in the South. Certainly not.

    As for the LTTE, its main concern at the moment is the question of the paramilitaries. The election is secondary. Although I accept that it may fear the outcome of the elections in the East, the LTTE is waiting to see the outcome of the elections in the South to gauge the support MR and his chauvinist allies have. This may help the LTTE to formulate its election strategy when it is held in the Northeast later.

  • 21 Mar 2006 15:46:28 GMT

    Here we go again, UNP trying to be a roadblock to the government in power!

    Some petty minded politicians can never accept defeat. What they do until the next elections is to be obstacles to the government, people, economy, foreign policy, education, employment and finally long term fight against the LTTE terrorism.

    I do not know why these opposition leaders cannot observe when they visit democratic countries overseas the degree of RESPONSIBILITY the opposition leaders of those countries display.

    Responsible opposition leaders, first of all accept the verdict of the people after the elections and tell without mincing the words that the new government represents all people and the people should support the government.

    Next the opposition should work with the government to improve the lives of the people and the country`s economy.

    THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WANT!

    Unfortunately, I do not see these `opposition leaders` doing any of that. Instead they engage in and encourage anti-government moves at every step government takes.

    Voters should grow up and earmark these narrow-minded politicians and ensure that they would have no chance of getting elected in future elections to play these games again anad again.

  • 21 Mar 2006 15:46:35 GMT

    Pity there would be no elections. LTTE at it again. Why are they scared of facing elections? I think LTTE is too scared to face elections.

    Best political solution federal/devolution for north east but with muslims and sinhalese in the east taking care of their own affairs in those areas where they are the ovewhelming majority, if they so wish.

    Why not revive the NE provincial council, hold elections and give it the extra political powers incrementally that would have come under devolution, to run things within a two year timescale. Why not discuss that at the next peace talks?

  • 21 Mar 2006 18:38:15 GMT

    What has 50 yrs of electing officials in lanka done to the tamils--- genocide. have elections elect corrupt politicians sit around talk, sip a cup of tea and go vote again. !!! reapet as needed.!!