After taking his oath in Jaffna on Friday, P Deniswaran of TELO went to Mannar to celebrate in being appointed a Minister in the Northern Provincial Council.
Deniswaran was garlanded, firecrackers were lit and a marching band was present, as he was paraded around town in a vehicle. He has been appointed as the Minister of Fisheries, Transport, Trade and Rural Development in the Northern Provincial Council.
At the oath taking ceremony in Jaffna on Friday, CV Wigneswaran and R Sampanthan were presented with crowns on stage.
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Earlier this week, Colombo Telegraph reported that effigies of Wigneswaran and Sampanthan were burnt in Mullaitivu, following widespread anger at Wigneswaran’s decision to take oaths before Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Jaffna based newspaper Uthayan devoted its front page to the issue, headlining one article“Disregarding the people’s wishes, oaths before the President” and another feature titled "Is this what we voted for?".
Amongst those who criticised Wigneswaran and Sampanthan was TNA candidate Ananthi Sasitharan who slammed the move as “a betrayal of the people who voted for TNA".