The leadership of the northern provincial council has come to the defence of state minister Vijayakala Maheswaran who is under fire for having said that the province was more secure and free during LTTE control, according to radiogagana.com.
The chairman and the chief minister of the NPC say what Maheswaran has said is true.
North is insecure today
CM C.V. Vigneswaran has told the media in Jaffna that there was nothing wrong to comment on the prevailing insecurity of the northern people.
Other than the sufferings of the war, the province underwent no other hardship during LTTE control, according to him.
Saying that does not make us terrorists, said Vigneswaran.
During the war, a girl wearing jewelry could go in the road safely in the night. But, incidents of rapes, violence and drug use are very high today, he said.
The CM said that was why the NPC was asking for police powers to control these menaces, but southern politicians were sowing seeds of racism without understanding the truth.
NPC chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam too, agrees, but says the manner in which the state minister aired her views was faulty.
During LTTE control, there were no gangsters or rapes in the north, the culture was safeguarded and the people were safe, he told journalists.
Those days, criminals could not escape, but they get away very easily now, he said.
Vigneswaran said Maheswaran should be allowed to serve the people and also invited southern politicians for a dialogue on the matter.
Courtesy:Sri Lanka Mirror