by Zacki Jabbar
State Minister of Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheshwaran yesterday quit her portfolio, pending government and UNP inquiries into her remarks praising the LTTE , during a Presidential Mobile Service event in Jaffna on Monday,
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, at meeting with Vijayakala, on Wednesday, had called for her explanation, saying that the government would not permit a revival of the LTTE, UNP sources said.
They said that the beleaguered State Minister had submitted her letter of resignation to both President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister yesterday.
Earlier Wickremesinghe requested Sirisena to suspend Vijayakala from her ministerial duties until official inquiries against her were completed.
The government, on Wednesday, said that it was studying the video recording of the speech in question and would take appropriate action.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has requested the Attorney General to ascertain if Vijayakala’s controversial statement had violated the Constitution.
Vijayakala, responding to questions raised over her remarks, by Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Ranjan Ramanayake, who contacted her over the telephone, while addressing a press conference in Colombo on Tuesday, said, “Tension, tension. It was a slip of the tongue . I did not say that the LTTE should be revived. What I meant was that we lived in peace during that era.”
To a query by Ramanayake as to who had murdered T. Maheshwaran her husband, Vijayakala answered that it was not the LTTE.