Kumaratunga critisises media, opposition

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 January 2000, 22:42 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike said that she will bring the war to an end this year in her first interview cum speech for 2000 in the state run TV tonight. She spoke for more than three hours, from 8.30 p.m to 11.45 p.m. The President harshly criticized sections of the independent media in Sri Lanka for working against her.

She said that several media proprietors were the relatives of Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the opposition and described some media persons as the poisonous creatures of society.

chandrika_kumarathunge_8-p.jpgThe President also named some of the journalists whom she bitterly excoriated during the speech.

Kumaratunga said that she was the only woman in the world who has been unjustly denigrated and disgraced by the media.

The program was patently conceived as an interview with the President. The interviewer, however, asked a few questions and receded into the background as she began to talk at length. The program was interrupted briefly when the President coughed and said that it causing pain in her head.

Commenting on the results of the Presidential elections, she argued that it was natural for a government that had been in power for four years to lose some of its popularity at an election. It was due to a conspiracy by the United National Party and the Liberation Tigers that she failed to get the majority of the votes in the north and east the President charged.

Kumaratunga spent more than half her time on TV talking about her personal and political life- about her father, husband, her childhood, student days, people whom she met in politics etc.,

She accused the Liberation Tigers, the UNP and the JVP (People's Liberation Front) of sabotaging her plans and said that the LTTE has been trying to kill her during the last five years of her twenty two years in politics. The President described the leader of the Liberation Tigers as a very evil person but claimed that she is nevertheless prepared to negotiate with him to bring about peace. She iterated that she will bring the war to an end by this year.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.19 23:24  
SL Navy silently extends occupation of coastal lands at Kirimichchai in Batticaloa
20.10.19 23:58   Photo
Sinhala supporters of Gotabhaya encroach into pasturelands in Batticaloa
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4467