|Twin blasts stir mixed
Gnanadass and Jayashika Padmasiri
With war clouds overshadowing the festive mood, one
wonders whether the UPFA government has any clue as to how
civilian deaths should be managed due to war operations.
The twin bomb blasts that took place in the heart of the city
rocking the entire nation have definitely caused more civilian
deaths. In the case of the second bomb blast in Nugegoda, it was
evident that even the police officers were unaware of certain
procedures in handling something suspicious, like a parcel bomb.
Last week’s blasts, despite tight security, that sent shock
waves throughout the country, have led to more chaos and tension
in the city of Colombo. But one thing was certain – LTTE
Speculations were also rife that this could change the fate of
the government after the third reading of the budget scheduled
for December 14.
Though most of the political parties that voted with the
government during the first budget had second thoughts about the
third reading, they did not wish to make any commitment right
Some of the minority parties pointed out that it would not be
possible to overthrow the government until the JVP was in power.
They said if they voted against the government and if the
government did not fall, then they would be in a precarious
situation and could even be further penalised.
Meanwhile as civilians were finding it difficult to get over the
shock and come to terms with the reality after the blasts,
politicians as usual were fast to blame each other and get
mileage from the incident.
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) was all out to
blast the government in turn, over the twin blasts, saying it
was the lack of foresight that led to this situation.
While the UNP was blaming the government, the government members
conveniently put the blame on the LTTE, concealing the security
lapse, and pretended as if nothing happened to the economy of
the country or even for that matter the tourism.
While the major political parties of the country were playing
‘politics’ as usual, the minority political parties were
terrified over the behaviour of both these parties and also the
The twin blasts also saw many innocent Tamils and Muslims being
taken into custody for questioning. They also curtailed the
movements of many VIPs and VVIPs.
The Nation spoke to most of the political parties for their
comments, and received mixed reactions to the incident from
different political parties.
Many politicians, on the condition of anonymity blamed the
government for its wrong war strategy. They also accused Defence
Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for his recent statement that the
government will kill LTTE Leader Prabhakaran. Collectively they
criticised the government’s rigid policies to overcome
Severely condemning the LTTE’s ruthless attacks on civilians,
everybody in unison, except the JHU and JVP, said at least now,
political negotiations should commence.
Following are excerpts of the interviews: