India needs to reconsider plan – Wiggy

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 India needs to reconsider the plan to construct a highway between Mullaitivu and Trincomalee, Tamil People’s National Alliance (TPNA) Leader, C.V. Wigneswaran said.

 Wigneswaran noted that, while he was the Chief Minister of Northern Province, he proposed an estimated project of Rs 10 billion to construct a highway to connect the Northern and Eastern Provinces. “This proposal was submitted to the Indian Government and was approved. However, later, the plan was postponed due to several reasons and we expect the Indian Government to support us in implementing the plan again,” he said.

“Recently, I met President of Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tamil Nadu, former IPS officer Karuppusamy Annamalai and discussed several important issues. Re-opening of Jaffna International Airport in Palaly and commencing ferry services between South India- and North Sri Lanka are the two major topics. He assured that they will take necessary action to reopen the airport and commence ferry services,” said Wigneswaran.

 “Even after the end of the war, people in the Northern Province are still forced to live under the control of the Army. The military rule in Northern Province has been not reduced. This should be reduced immediately,” he demanded.

 “Another major reason for the current crisis situation of the country is, purchasing unwanted weapons for the Army.

Even though we have no war, still the Government obtains loans and international support to buy weapons and equipment needed for the Army. We don’t know why the Government spends so much on purchasing military equipment. We have no reason to buy them,” Wigneswaran stated.

By Eunice Ruth