Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has described Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran as an irresponsible man and a liar whom he would not meet even if he (Wickremesinghe) went to Jaffna.
In an interview with Thanthi TV published in the Times of India quoted Wickremesinghe as saying that Wigneswaran will have to explain himself to the Tamil speaking people as lots of Tamils were criticizing him today.
In response to a question by the interviewer, Wickremesinghe has claimed that Wigneswaran was playing politics with the issues of the Tamil people.
The Prime Minister has categorically denied having dealt with Wigneswaran, but had admitted that he had met the Northern Chief Minister only once when he was the opposition leader. “I have not spoken to Wigneswaran. I don’t discuss Jaffna with Wigneswaran. I discuss with TNA in Parliament,” Wickremesinghe has said.
Following are a few excerpts of Wickremesinghe’s interview with Thanthi TV:
THANTHI TV: Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran largely blames you for your decision to retain the Army in the North. He says you are playing obsolete political tactics for electoral reasons. Do you deny the charge?
Ranil Wickremesinghe: Army is in all parts of Sri Lanka. I don’t find any reason why the Army should go out of any district in Sri Lanka. There are district headquarters in every part of Sri Lanka, and actually their structure is based on the Indian one.
THANTHI TV: But he blames the slow pace……….
Ranil Wickremesinghe: I told you that I disagree with him. He is irresponsible and he will have to explain himself for the Tamil speaking people. Lots of Tamils are today criticizing him. I am dealing here with the TNA Members in Parliament, if it is at slow pace they need not come weekly.
Ranil Wickremesinghe: Army-civilian ratio will be adjusted as time goes on. No one has said it is going to be that high all the time. Isn’t Wigneswaran playing politics? It is an utter irresponsible statement of a Chief Minister.
Ranil Wickremesinghe: He never even spoke to me on anything. Today you ask him again to repeat it. I’ll be going to Jaffna.
Ranil Wickremesinghe: I never told him anything. Wigneswaran never dealt with me. He has never dealt with me.
Ranil Wickremesinghe: He came only once when I was in the opposition.