Although, it was expected that the President will be participating as the Chief guest, in the National Pongal Celebration to be held in Jaffna today, he had avoided his visit in the last moment, said Jaffna sources.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe is participating in the event today as planned. He had gone to Jaffna in a special aircraft to Jaffna .He will attend events at Palaly Air Force Camp and later at Weerasingam Hall, in Jaffna.
Meanwhile, the NPC Ministers and Members including CM, C.V.Wigneswaran, TNA MPs took part in this event. No reason was given for cancellation of the visit of the President at the last moment.
Former President, Chandrika Bandaranaya Kumaranathunga and the visiting UK Foreign Minister Hugo Swire had accompanied Ranil to Jaffna.