Rajapaksa fears LTTE revival in Sri Lanka
May 31, 2015 04:17 pm
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is mounting a political comeback, has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country.
“We are glad that terrorists are no more. But I have a suspicion that we may return to see terrorism,” Rajapaksa said.
“We don’t want to see that happening. We want everyone to live in peace and harmony,” he told a religious gathering in Anuradhapura.
Rajapaksa, who led the Sri Lankan forces in the bloody victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009, plans to contest parliamentary polls in another bid to return to power.
He first won in 2005, surfed a wave of popularity among the Sinhala majority to win again in 2010. He then had the Constitution changed to allow the third term he hoped to win in January’s poll.
But the veteran politician suffered a surprise defeat in snap presidential polls he called.
Rajapaksa’s defeat to President Maithripala Sirisena came despite his popularity among the Sinhala Buddhist majority. (PTI)