Karuna is doing politics for the Rajapaksas.
We ask TNA to join hands with us to form the Government and accept portfolios as the Tamil parties in the estate sector and the Muslim parties do.
Q Pragmatism and a new innovative economic model are concepts you espoused for a long time. You said the SJB follows them. Does it mean that you have become the policy maker for them?
In 1995, under the Liam Fox agreement, both the main parties agreed to introduce Federalism. We stood for the unitary status. By 2005, the SLFP accepted the unitary status. It does not mean the SLFP became us. In 2012, the UNP also accepted it at its convention. It means all the main forces in the South adopted our stance. This is a victory for us. Both Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe had to drop Federalism.
They did not have any idea of crushing the LTTE militarily. They were talking about a political solution to win over Tamils alienating the LTTE. We took up the position that the LTTE should be vanquished militarily. Our position prevailed finally.
We advocated the position that our country’s strategic positioning should be used as the basis of our economic model. The Rajapaksas accepted it. Later, the UNP followed suit. I talked about the knowledge-based economic model. In 2015, both the parties adopted it. I am in the middle of the policy making compass. I am proud of it.
Q You said you would discard Federalism. However, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which is one of your sister parties is consistent with its demand for Federalism and the merger of the North and the East. How do you accommodate the TNA at future national elections when you discard Federalism?
We believe in the unitary state. The same question is not directed at the Rajapaksas. Those contesting with the Rajapaksas are not democratic forces. Their Digamadulla district candidate is one time LTTE Military Wing Leader Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman. Former LTTE cadres are doing politics for the Rajapaksas. They are the forces with blood-stained hands. They are terrorists who committed acts of terrorism. We are in a democratic discourse with the TNA. The TNA stands for Federalism, but we don’t. We ask them to join hands with us to form the Government and accept portfolios as the Tamil parties in the estate sector and the Muslim parties do.