Jaffna District UNP parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheswaran is expected to join the kan Sri Langovernment on the 13th, reliable sources said. The defection is to officially take place at the Jaffna District Committee meeting scheduled to be held at the Weerasinghan Hall in Jaffna at the end of the Lankan President’s two day official tour to the peninsula.
Vijayakala is the widow of former parliamentarian T. Maheswaran who was assassinated on January 1, 2008 in Kotahena. She was elected to parliament from the Jaffna District at the 2010 general election. T. Maheswaran’s brother came under an acid attack recently near the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna.
It was Maheswaran’s company that held the sole monopoly in supplying goods to Jaffna during the war. Following his death, the business had come under various pressures. It is believed that Vijayakala has decided to join the government in order to prevent these pressures and to regain the monopoly in supplying goods to Jaffna.