Sri Lanka President slams Marxist amid deepening crisis

Sri Lanka’s president Sunday slammed her main Marxist coalition partner accusing them of “psychological terrorism” as a political crisis deepened and the government headed for a fatal collapse. Sri Lanka’s president Sunday slammed her main Marxist coalition partner accusing them of “psychological terrorism” as a political crisis deepened and the government headed for a fatal collapse. President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the Marxist JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, blocked her proposals to tackle rising cost of living and moves to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels.

“The four JVP ministers in cabinet resort to psychological terrorism to block our progressive proposals,” Kumaratunga said in a live telephone interview with the state-run SLBC radio station.

Kumaratunga launched the scathing attack on the coalition partner three days before the June 15 deadline set by the Marxist for Kumaratunga to roll back her controversial plan to enter into an aid sharing deal with Tiger rebels.

The JVP announced Thursday that they will quit the 14-month old government of June 16 if Kumaratunga does not withdraw her plan by Wednesday night.

Kumaratunga Sunday blamed the country’