Written by Staff Writer
08 Nov, 2019 | 10:25 pm
Colombo (News 1st): Former Chief Minister of the North East Varadharaja Perumal expressed these views on Newsline today (November 8).
Question: We have got to know that you are extending your support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Varadharaja Perumal: We will extend our support to Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He is an efficient administrator.
Question: There is an allegation against you that when you were the chief minister of the North Eastern Province, you hoisted the Eelam flag. Is this true?
Varadharaja Perumal: That is not true. There are no flags like that. I hoisted the flag of the Northern Province.
Question: What did this flag look like?
Varadharaja Perumal: This flag had three flags in it, and it had the symbol of the sun.
Question: Did you want to separate the North and the East.
Varadharaja Perumal: No. never!
Question: Did you at any point act to divide the country.
Varadharaja Perumal: I did, before. We were of that stance from 1983 to 1987.
Question: There is another allegation against you, that during the war, you were in hiding in India.
Varadharaja Perumal: At that time, President Ranasinghe Premadasa, the Sri Lanka Army, and the LTTE both started attacking us.
Question: Where were you during the tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa?
Varadharaja Perumal: I did not come here during that time.
Question: Were you India during that time?
Varadharaja Perumal: I had to be in India. I did not go to Europe, I did not go to America.
Question: What position will you receive, if Gotabaya becomes president?
Varadharaja Perumal: I do not require anything. I want to serve the people.
Question: You cannot serve the people without a position.
Varadharaja Perumal: We will see at that time. There is no need to rush.
Question: You seem to be having something in your mind.
Varadharaja Perumal: There is nothing in my mind. A lot of people are asking for various things. I am not like that.
Question: Have you discussed future plans with Karuna Amman and Pillayan.
Varadharaja Perumal: We have held discussions with others as well.
Question: Is Douglas Devananda also among the people you discussed with?
Varadharaja Perumal: Prabha Ganeshan is there, Mr. Udayarasa is there as well
Question: Are you operating as an alliance?
Varadharaja Perumal: We are not an alliance. We are working together now and we will do so in the future as well.
Question: Do you not think that the people of the North are with the TNA?
Varadharaja Perumal: The support of the TNA has reduced. In the future, the Tamil population will defeat the TNA.
Question: Be honest, did you hoist the North East Flag? The flag of the provincial council?
Waradharaja Perumal: Yes. You can inspect yourself. During my time it was the North and the Eastern flag. Now it is the flag of the Northern Provincial council.
Question: Are you certain that Gotabaya will develop the North and the East.
Waradharaja Perumal: I believe he will.
Question: Is there a plan?
Waradharaja Perumal: This will not only be done by Gotabaya. There will be a Parliamentary election; Mahinda will become Prime Minister. All of us will carry out the development together.
Question: There are political prisoners. Do you think that they will be released when Gotabaya becomes President?
Varadharaja Perumal: He has announced that he will release the political prisoners.
Question: Has Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised you that the Tamil political prisoners will be released?
Varadharaja Perumal: He has no need to make that promise individually. He has made that pledge in public.
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