Lankan UNP accuses ministers of using `illegal` TV transmission

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 16:16

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s opposition UNP has accused two central ministers of using "illegal" TV and radio transmissions to woo voters ahead of the April 8 general elections.
The United National Party, which did not name the two ministers from Eastern Sri Lanka, said it would take its complaint to the election commission.

"Allegedly two ministers of the East are conducting illegal TV and radio transmissions in the District to promote their campaigns," the UNP headed by former prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said in a statement.

"The residents of the area had complained that these channels are operating intermittently," the UNP website said, adding these transmissions are reminiscent of the "illicit and dangerous TV broadcasts" of a Tamil group in the 1980s when they were holding sway over the North East Provincial Council.

The website said the UNP candidates of the Batticaloa district have made these disclosures.

Basheer Segu Dawood, UNP`s Eastern provincial Councillor, will lodge a complaint with the Elections Commissioner on the issue, it said.

"One is a TV channel while the other is a Radio channel, called new Moon FM, aimed to woo Muslims. The other channel is Kalkudah FM, according to the UNP website.

PTI




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