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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

TNA Leader Justifies Vigneswaran declining to be a party in Sri Lanka’s delegation to New Delhi

By K.T.Rajasingham
Colombo, 26 May, (

The Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan justified C.V.Vigneswaran declining the invitation extended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join him in his delegation to participate today in the swearing ceremony of Indian Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi.

Sampanthan justified the position taken by Vigneswaran , when Asian Tribune contacted for his comment .

Earlier the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran has categorically stated that accepting the invitation would make it seem that a strong, cooperative spirit prevailed between the Centre and the Province, contrary to the current situation.

“The people of the Northern Province”, Vigneswaran has said in his letter to Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister , “were engulfed in fear over heavy militarization. I would be guilty of facilitating tokenism were I to accept such an invitation.”

However it was observed that Vigneswaran’s decision came amidst protests by political leaders in Tamil Nadu against Mr. Rajapaksa’s presence in the oath-taking ceremony.

Asian Tribune contacted Sampanthan for his comment on Vigneswaran declining to participate in the Sari Lankan delegation that left this morning under the leadership of Mahinda Rajapaksa to New Delhi?

Sampanthan said, “In his letter, C.V. Vigneswaran has given his reasons very clearly in response to the External Affairs Minister who faxed the invitation to him to accompany President to be the member of the delegation to attend the swearing ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

He said, Vigneswaran has very clearly stated that given the manner in which he has been treated as the Chief Minister since the assumption of office and failure on the part of the Sri Lanka Government to keep several commitments made to him in regard to functioning as Chief Minister of the Northern Province.

The invitation was an act of tokenism to give the impression of supporting the people of Northern Province was an attempt to create a false impression that the central government and the provincial governments were functioning in a spirit of cooperation when the fact was the reverse, Sampanthan elaborated.

He further said,Vigneswaran has pointed out that he is not prepared to participate in a deceptive exercise of this nature.

Any how, Vigneswaran has separately conveyed his best wishes to Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi Sampanthan told Asian Tribune .

Editor’s Note: However, Asian Tribune is of the opinion that Mr. Vigneswaran has one more time failed with his reasoning and had been swayed by the political overtones expressed by the Tamil Nadu politicians.

- Asian Tribune -

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