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Monday, October 07, 2013 - 06.10 GMT
Vigneswaran sworn in

 

C.V. Vigneswaran took oaths as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning.

Retired Supreme Court judge, Vigneswaran received his Chief Ministerial appointment letter from the Northern Province Governor on October 01.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief ministerial candidate at the Northern Provincial Council election, Vigneswaran obtained the highest preference votes in the Jaffna District a total of 132,255 votes.

Chief Minister Vigneswaran issuing a statement after taking oaths said it is the need of the hour that we remove misunderstandings and doubts that have crept into the minds of various communities.

"It is as a part of such an exercise that we decided that I take oaths before the President of this country. We believe our decision would convey to our brethren our desire to settle our differences within a united Sri Lanka," the Chief Minister further said.

The Tamil National Alliance, which is registered as Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), won the landmark election in North, securing 30 out of 38 seats in polls for the provincial council.

During the oath taking ceremony this morning President Rajapaksa gifted a statue to Lord Ganesh to the Chief Minister.

Chief Ministers for the North Western and Central Provincial Councils, which were won by the ruling UPFA, were sworn in before President Rajapaksa on October 3.

Full statement:

I took oaths a little while ago this morning undertaking to faithfully perform the functions of my office.

My office has been bestowed upon me by my people. They have mandated me to perform my duties with a long term as well as a short term perspective. The former behoves us to confirm our individuality. To do so we have to learn lessons from our struggles of the past, our previous political perspectives and our past experiences and then forge ahead. It is the need of the hour that we remove misunderstandings and doubts that have crept into the minds of various communities.

It is as a part of such an exercise that we decided that I take oaths before the President of this country. We believe our decision would convey to our brethren our desire to settle our differences within a united Sri Lanka.

Our action today is in consonance with our short term objectives too, in that, we expect to bring immediate relief to our war affected people. I hope that the Sinhala people would endeavour to prod their political representatives in every manner possible to bring sunshine into the disturbed and affected lives of our Tamil speaking people.

I expect my Sinhala brothers and sisters to impress upon their political representatives that internal self-determination does not divide the country but facilitates a journey on the path of unity. I sincerely ask the Sinhala people to realise that to the same extent the Sinhala people cherish and respect their language and culture so do the Tamil speaking people cherish and respect their own language and their traditions. There is no place for violence in this realisation. None could force such realisation. It is such sincere realisation that would take us all on the path of peace and brotherhood. Therefore let my simple symbolic act today pave the way for the unity of the people of the two communities in our land. May divine blessings be with all of us!


 



 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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