Special Projects Minister, Mahinda Wijesekera, said yesterday, his personal opinion is that after holding an election in the East and while governing it the North should be handed over to Prabhakaran for two years.
`Then the people there will understand the difference. Who is better? Whether it is Prabhakaran or Mahinda Rajapaksa,` he said. Addressing a press briefing of the UNP Democratic group he said if the country is to be developed it should be governed by a broad front consisting of the SLFP and UNP. `You cannot take the country forward by having racist and extremist elements. They should join truly without just having a memorandum of understanding without joining the government by taking ministries.`
`This problem should be solved within a united country. This problem cannot be solved by war. But if explosive packed lorries are brought into the city and there are attempts to kill VIPs the government has an obligation to protect the people. That does not mean we should violate the rights of the Tamils.
`If this problem is solved the cost of living can be reduced. That is how the Ranil Wickremesinghe government reduced the cost of living.
But he did not give jobs He did not increase salaries. This government is doing all that while fighting the war as well,` he said.