The Janarala newspaper has led with a story claiming that the Rajapaksa government is attempting to carry out a campaign before the budget saying that the LTTE has re-commenced some of its activities.
Incidents similar to the contents of the story have now taken place. The first is the finding of a pistol and explosives in a bus traveling from Jaffna to Kandy.
The Omanthai police have arrested four Tamil youths on suspicion over this incident. The bus driver and conductor have also been remanded.
However, the military personnel who have been traveling in the bus had been freed at the same time and the commuters have been stranded for over eight hours.
The passengers have said that the bag with explosives had been kept in the bus by a man who had boarded the bus in Kilinochchi wearing a cap. The explosives were discovered by the Omanthai police when the bus was being subjected to a routine check. The military personnel have also boarded the bus in Kilinochchi.
The Janarala newspaper has stated that the government is trying to commence the campaign simultaneously to the budget.
Political analysts say that this incident could be the first in the campaign. They claim that it did not make any sense for a person to try and smuggle explosives in the bus since it is common knowledge that buses are subjected to a check in Omanthai.