Muralitharan, who is contesting the upcoming Gen. election from the Ampara district, sparked controversy last week after saying that he is more dangerous than COVID-19 as he killed between 2000-3000 troops in a single day at Elephant Pass during the war.
"My statement has been taken out of context. What I meant is that during the war, both the army and the LTTE suffered heavy casualties. However, under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership peace was brought in. So I was referring to the lives lost,” Muralitharan said.
Referring to Sajith rebuking his statement, Muralitharan said, “Sajith very well knows that his father had given 5,000 rifles and 1 crore rounds when LTTE was very weak. The UNP people only supplied the weapons rounds.”
“At the same time, Anura Kumara Dissanayake cannot blame me because they killed more than 80,000 people. So they cannot talk like that against me,” he added.
He emphasises that he has joined a democratic political process now.
Muralitharan had backed the incumbent president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during the last presidential election.
Tamil politicians including former Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council - C.V. Vigneswaran, EPRLF leader - S. Premachandra, N. Srikanthan and Anandi Sasitharan had made the above request.