`If land, police and finance power are given to the Eastern and the Northern Provincial Councils the foundation will be laid for a separate state or dividing this country. If any provincial council gets police powers the police in that province will not come under the Inspector General of Police of the Central Government.
`The provincial police will only be responsible to the Chief Minister and the particular provincial council,` Tilvin Silva, the General Secretary of the JVP said in the keynote address recently at Tangalle on the theme `why police land powers etc. should not be given to the provincial councils.`
Addressing a well attended audience in the Tangalle Urban Council Auditorium, Tilvin Silva reiterated that the JVP would do whatever possible to protect the motherland in case President Mahinda Rajapaksa gave in to the Indian pressure.
Tilvin Silva said that by implementing the Rajiv Gandhi-J. R. Jayewardene agreement and its 13th amendment the foundation will be laid for a separate state.
Commenting on the forced elections imposed to elect members for the Jaffna Municipal Council and the Vavuniya Urban Council, he said they were not at all urgent. The Tamil community in those areas were made to get closer to terrorism and separatism. Elaborating his point, he said, only 12% of the entire population of the country occupied the North and the Eastern provinces while they own 33% of the total land area of the country along with 61% of the coastal belt.
JVP General Secretary said that 55% of the Tamil community reside outside the North and the East. They live in the South leading comfortable lives compared to those in the North and the East. This government had no solution to the problems unless it resorts to two tasks grant real Democratic rights to those living in these two provinces and treat those of the Tamil community as equals.
The government had tried to hoodwink the masses through its electronic and print media to give publicity regarding the Uma-Oya project. He queried how such publicity was given through the government controlled electronic and print media when even the feasibility report and the environment impact assessment report were still not ready.
When war heroes were felicitated in different parts of the country, by various organizations, Tilvin Silva said, two top war heroes have been treated in a questionable manner. He said that the former Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, who had a miraculous escape at the Army head quarters premises from an attempt made on his life has been made a nominal commander tantamount to the position of a Governor in a Provincial Council.
The Navy commander under whose strategies his men had sunk a number of LTTE ships which were sailing to Sri Lanka with sophisticated arms and ammunition.He too, was treated in a questionable manner.
The speaker queried whether by entrusting this hero to look after the roads of this country by appointing him as the Secretary of the Ministry of Highways, was the style adopted by the government of felicitating him.