TMVP Denies Assault
By Dinouk Colombage
The TMVP has denied allegations that its members assaulted TNA provincial council candidate Krishnapillai Seyon.
TMVP spokesman, Azad Maulana, said that it was a story being spread by the TNA to discredit them.
“The TNA knows that they are going to lose the upcoming election. They are now spreading stories so that after the election they will have ready-made excuses for their supporters”, he said. Maulana denied that members of his party were hostile towards any of their opponents. “We want these elections to be free and fair. We are confident of victory and would not resort to intimidation. The people have shown that they support us over the TNA, so our rivals are now looking to discredit us in an attempt to get votes.” Suresh Premachandran, TNA spokesman, said that he was aware of allegations of an assault on Seyon, but refused to comment.
“I am unaware of the details, I only know that Seyon has recorded a statement with the police over an assault”, he said and added that if the assault really did happen he would want to see action taken against those responsible.
Last Sunday TNA provincial council candidate Krishnapillai Seyon and his supporters claimed that they, while campaigning in the Karuvarrkeni Valaichenai, were assaulted by a group of supporters of the TMVP. Witnesses claimed that the TNA supporters were told that the area belonged to Chief Minister Chandrakaanthan (Pillayan) and they could not canvass there.