PRO-LTTE WEEKLY REVEALS THE REASONS WHY JEYARAJ FERNANDOPULLE WAS ASSASINATED BY A SUICIDE BOMBER
By Walter Jayawardhana
Creating a niche in Sri Lankas politics by presenting himself
as a leader of a minority community and mixing his religion , Roman
Catholicism with politics with ambitions to become the Prime Minister
of Sri Lanka as a close confidante of the President is one of the main
reasons former Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated
says, a pro-LTTE weekly printed in Canada and distributed all over Europe.
The Paraparappu, the pro-LTTE political and Tamil language weekly distributed
widely among expatriate Tamil communities in Canada, Britain, Switzerland,
Australia, France, Nederland, Norway, Demark and Germany says in its
cover story that undoubtedly he was the closest man to the President
and was keeping his eyes on the chair of the Prime Minister.
Ethnically belonging to a Tamil group who mingles well with the Sinhalese,
Fernandopulle a church going Roman Catholic excelled in his public relations
with Buddhist temples in his electorate so well that at least one temple
is named after him. A report said, before the LTTE suicide blast that
killed him, he had his breakfast at the near by Buddhist temple
after visiting the chief monk Venerable Alubovila Dhammarathana. Subsequently
he also visited the Fernandopulle Asapuwa, named after him.
The pro-LTTE news weekly, under its cover story entitled, Why
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was targeted, said, the second reason for
the killing could be listed as the deceiving role he played
to lead the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to possible victory at the
provincial council elections in the Eastern Province and ridicule the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) possibly by his political intrigues
to show that people did not vote for the Tamil Tigers.
Fernandopulle and fourteen others including some of the top athletes
of the island nation including an Olympic runner were blasted to death
by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber when the minister tried to flag off
a marathon organized to celebrate the Sinhalese and Hindu New Year,
April 6, 2008.
If the army captured the Madhu church area, in a LTTE controlled district,
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle would have taken the opportunity, and would have
had the biggest propaganda blitz for the government, the LTTE had information,
the pro-LTTE newspaper said.
Immediately after the Madhu shrine was captured, the newspapers said
Jeyaraj had plans to enter the shrine with hundreds of Catholics and
started his propaganda. He wanted to take a replica of the statue of
Mary to the Pope, get it blessed, and install it on the same altar,
from where the Tamil Catholic priests had removed it to the Wanni jungles.
Thereafter he wanted to invite Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa to come and
declare open it. In fact, the newspaper said, Fernandopulle wanted to
tell the world that it was only a pious religious act and not a military
There wasnt a single person as close as him in the cabinet
to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, listing the reasons for the assassination
the pro-LTTE newspaper further alleged.
Police say all Rajapaksas and their close allies are on the top of
the hit list of the LTTE. Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and
Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka escaped death with a close
shave following two suicide bomb attacks on them.
The newspaper said , at the Eastern Provincial Council elections a
political party called Liberation Tigers Peoples Front, originally
created by the LTTE is running for the elections. The Tamil language
newspaper said that this was a deception by Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. The
Paraparappu said when the front is defeated Fernandopulle would have
been waiting to tell the world that nobody voted for the Tamil Tigers.
Officially, either the LTTE proxy party, Tamil National Alliance or
the LTTE is not contesting the Eastern Provincial Council elections.
The newspaper only speculated that this was the work of the assassinated
leader, but did not substantiate it.
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