Contradicting last week s reported JVP call for the Pillaiyan Group to be disarmed, JVP Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, representing the Patriotic National Movement, said that disarming the group would make it vulnerable to the LTTE. He urged that it be absorbed into the democratic process.
He told a media conference that the Opposition leader had compared Pillaiyan to Varadharaja Perumal, but the crucial difference was that the Pillaiyan Group after deserting the LTTE had worked with the government s security forces.
Weerawansa however said that the government must highlight and discuss its weaknesses, the issues involved and its task in a democratic process.
Disarming should be done systematically to safeguard the TMVP from the LTTE, he added before any kind of elections in the East, a population census should be conducted as none had been conducted there since 1981 and therefore the voters list could not be accepted.
`We are concerned and opposed to elections conducted according to a census taken 27 years ago. It is wrong on the part of the Government to conduct elections without improving the standards of living and everything else. It appears that the government has an advantage if elections are conducted under the present circumstances,` Weerawansa said.