The Chief Minister of the Northern Province called on Tamil voters across the North-East to vote for the party that assures "individuality" and "self-determination" without hesitating in "seeking justice for the genocide perpetrated against the Tamil people" in next week’s general election.
This week C V Wigneswaran released a statement in Tamil urging voters to back the party that is committed to the principles of a traditional Tamil homeland, Tamil individuality and the right to self-determination.
"It should be a party that will not hesitate to seek justice for the genocide perpetrated against the Tamil people and.. be firm in the manner of an independent international investigation," he added.
His statement did not name any political parties, however criticised politicians of making election promises and then muting demands when dealing with southern politicians.
Accusing Tamil politicians of acting “selfishly” and contradicting their elected manifestos when dealing with politicians in the south of the island, the Chief Minister said,
“Importantly they think that there is no redemption if they do not move amicably with Southern politicians, forgetting all their emotive talks on the election platforms among the Tamil people. They attempt to act in a way that will not vex the minds of the Southern politicians."
The Chief Minister continued to say that several parties contesting in the elections have released manifestos that do not respect those principles.
“I shouldn't have to tell you that our people live in the North-East cannot benefit by them,” he added, labelling such parties “opportunists”.
Furthermore, Mr Wigneswaran called for a strengthening of the "relationship with international countries willing to work” with Tamils. “We can pave a way for a permanent political solution by doing this,” he said.
The Chief Minister concluded his statement by calling on Tamils across the North-East to cast their votes next week.
“If you fail to do your duty, it will be detrimental not only to you but also to the whole Tamil Nation.”
Mr Wigneswaran's latest comments come as the election campaigning between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) intensified, with only a few days left till the Tamil people go to the polls. He had earlier said he would "remain mute" until the election.
'I will remain mute until the election' says Wigneswaran (11 Aug 2015)