Confusion reigned in Jaffna yesterday when a newspaper carrying a fake front page of Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper was circulated with news of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) boycotting polls.
Sources in the peninsula said the four page newspaper which was circulated in several areas in the peninsula had created confusion among the public with regard to TNA’s participation at the Northern Provincial Council polls held yesterday.
Managing Editor of the paper and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, E. Saravanapavan reacting to the incident said the paper was not published by Uthayan was not behind the incident.
He alleged that supporters of Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) together with military intelligence had been involved in this act. The fake newspaper had carried the lead story that TNA had boycotted polls following the defection of its candidate, Ananthi Sasitharan to the government.
Sasitharan’s house was attacked on Friday by unidentified persons, which forced her to be in hiding with her children. Sasitharan told The Nation that she would never dream of joining the Government. “How can I join the Government when I have all the while criticized it?” she said.
The said front page also carried seven news articles including one where TNA MP Suresh Premachandran called the youth to be prepared to shed blood. Another story headline said that TNA chief ministerial candidate, C.V. Wigneswaran had urged India to take part at the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in November.
Other stories published on the said page were of neutral tone. Meanwhile, another instance was also reported in Jaffna where posters of Wigneswaran with an incorrect preferential number.
Premachandran speaking to The Nation said the TNA strongly condemned such an act and that it was looking into the matter.