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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

MPs in TNA will decide on whom to back in the presidential..

[b]MPs in TNA will decide on whom to back in the presidential race after meeting with LTTE[/b]

By Anne Rodrigo - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 23 October, ( Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj in his characteristic outspoken style asked Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse: “How the hell on earth could he ensure maximum devolution of powers under a unitary state?”

Raviraj queried outright. “Whom is he trying to fool? Prime Minister is fooling himself”.

The hot political topic now is whether the country should continue as a unitary structure or changed to a united structure after the November 17 poll. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse’s manifesto insists on a unitary state. But his rival, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, says it should be the nation should be united under a federal system to end the ethnic conflict.

Firing on all cylinders, Raviraj blamed successive “Sinhala governments” for failing to fulfill Tamil aspirations including Premier Rajapakse and his newly launched manifesto.

Insisting that he is merely expressing his personal opinion rather than that of his party, Raviraj said he believed that the door for peace would be closed if the Premier is elected President.

Asked whether the party has taken a decision on whom to support in the upcoming election, Raviraj said they are not in a “hurry to decide” and will be meeting the LTTE leadership in the coming days to decide on it.

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