By Our Batticaloa Correspondent
The Deputy Minister of Rehabilitation, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan said on Friday, V. Prabhakaran, could have become the Chief Minister of the North and East, if the late Tiger leader had listened to his advice.
Muralitharan was speaking at a United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Provincial Council election rally at Pillaiyaradi, in Batticaloa on Friday.
Muralitharan alias Karuna, regretting the adamant nature of his late leader said, he had pleaded with the LTTE Chief to give up the arms struggle and focus on political negotiations. “I told Prabhakaran that we won’t be able to win the battle and it would drag on with death and destruction. I also underlined to him the possibility of achieving maximum political rights through political means,” Karuna said, claiming that Prabhakaran has been reluctant to listen to his advice.
“If he had listened to me, he would have become the Chief Minister of the North and East,” Karuna said.
Commenting on exit from the outfit, the ex-LTTE Commander said that when he gave up militancy and came out of the outfit, he was able to bring out six thousand fighting cadres who were in the LTTE from the Eastern Province. “I am happy to say that I was able to secure their lives .There were deaths everywhere when the LTTE was on the war path. But now, we understand the value of peace. Therefore, we should not allow the darker period to return again.”
The former militant also castigated the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and said it was not going to do anything good for the people. “They will keep on misleading the people. Even the previous Provincial Council administration in the East hardly did anything commendable for the people,” he added.