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TNA complains of fear psychosis in Jaffna islets

Candidates in the north continue to face obstacles in the run up to the local government polls, according to some politicians.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) alleged that fear psychosis continued to prevail in the islets in the north preventing the people to contest and take part in the upcoming local government polls.
In the meantime, the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) says it would take legal steps against the rejection of its candidates in the north.
TNA parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah told The Nation that the party could not field candidates from some of the islets, as the people lived amidst threats.
He alleged that a leading political party with the government was involved in activities that created a fear psychosis among the public.
“These problems exist in the Delft, Oorkaavalthurai and Punguduthivu,” he said.
He said the law and order situation remained bad due to continuous reports of abductions and violence.
“We had to field candidates from Jaffna who belong to these areas,” Senathirajah added.
EPDP general secretary and Minister Douglas Devananda said the crimes reported in Jaffna were not politically motivated.
“They are social crimes, just like in any part of the country.”
He said the situation was improving and the environment was conducive for the people and the candidates to participate in election activities.
Police, however, said the law and order situation in the peninsula was improving.
EPDP general secretary and Minister Douglas Devananda said a petition would be filed against the rejection of his party candidates at the Court of Appeal early this week.
“The rejection was due to certain technical issues. We are confident that the matter will be sorted soon. We will take legal action on this matter. I do not think that it will affect the election process in any way,” Devananda said. (AW)