The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has questioned the motive behind the non-hoisting the national flag during a meeting between Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, and External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid, where only the regional flag and the Indian national flag were on display.
Terming the blunder as a sign of non-recognition of the territorial integrity of the country by the Northern administration, the nationalist party queried whether the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was sending an indirect message to India by ignoring the national flag of the country.
National Organizer of the JHU, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe, said in a media release, “Wigneswaran taking oaths before the President was considered as an expression of his allegiance to the Constitution and the
leadership of the country.
However, it is a dilemma as to why Wigneswaran hoisted only the Northern Province Flag and the Indian Flag during his meeting with the Indian minister. On the first day after assuming duties, Wigneswaran failed to hoist the National Flag, which is a clear violation of the country’s Constitution.
“By ignoring the National Flag, Wigneswaran belittled the country and has paved the way for India’s wish for separatism. This is a very serious situation. The Northern Province is not a State of India and the responsibility towards the people living in the Northern Province rests with the Sri Lankan Government.
Even though he took his oaths before the President, his conduct on first day after assuming duties has shown his intention to promote separatism.”
The JHU further emphasized the necessity for the people to raise their objections towards Wigneswaran’s separatist agenda and added, the government has an obligation to reveal its course of action on this issue to the country.