Karuna Amman said he was not concerned about his life but at the same time did not believe the Government has any plans to assassinate him as alleged by former Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi at a news conference yesterday.
Karuna spokesman Azad Maulana quoted his leader as saying there was absolutely no reason for the Government to assassinate him as such a move would have detrimental consequences for the Government both at home and in the international arena.
`We are a democratic party so there is no need to assassinate Mr. Amman. He (Karuna) does not believe the allegations of Mr. Sooriyarachchi. The Government works in the best interest of the Tamil people and under those circumstances it will not resort to such an act as alleged by Mr. Sooriyarachchi,` Mr. Maulana told the Daily Mirror.
Asked to comment on the former minister`s claim that once Karuna was assassinated the blame would be put on the LTTE the spokesman said the claims were baseless adding that if such an act was to be carried out the truth could not be hidden for long.
However at the same time Mr. Maulana said his leader also wanted to make one point very clear. `We are not concerned over about our lives,` he said.
The Karuna faction, also known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP), operates several political offices in the East as well as one in Colombo and has been in the centre of controversy following persistent claims by the SLMM and more recently by UN envoy Allan Rock who alleged links between Karuna and elements in the Government.
Karuna, who at one time was in hiding overseas, has been in Sri Lanka since recently and had been giving several interviews to the local print and electronic media both over the telephone as well as in person from secret locations.