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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

TNA’s announcement of supporting the opposition presidential candidate will prove counter productive

Colombo, 01 January, (Asiantribune.com):

V. Anandasangaree, Secretary General of Tamil United Liberation Front castigates the Tamil National Alliance leader R.Sampanthan for interfering unnecessarily, by urging the Tamil people to vote for the opposition candidate Maithripala Srisena, instead he suggested that the TNA should have allowed the Tamil people to make their own choice.

He added that the TNA which had claimed the LTTE as the national head of the Tamils and also as sole representatives of the Tamil people who had no losses and those who gained financially and otherwise, have no problem.

Given below the full text of the statement released by V. Anandasangaree, Secretary General of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF).

It is very unfortunate that the TNA had announced their support to the New Democratic Front candidate Mr. Maithripala Srisena without realising the consequences and contrary to my plea that the TNA without interfering should allow the Tamil people to make their own choice.

The TNA had taken three weeks from the day of nomination, to announce the name of the candidate of their choice.

The excuse they gave was that they were waiting for the arrival of Mr. R.Sampanthan from India where he had gone for a medical check up, for which three weeks are not required. He could have been either summoned or his views obtained over the phone.

The claim that they had wide discussions with members of other organisations and important personalities is far from the truth.

But from the day of nomination till now a number of Members of the alliance parties, had directly or indirectly announced their decisions and over 5,00,000 voters have already cast their votes.

There should be a limit to misleading the innocent people.

The TNA’s announcement to support the New Democratic Front candidate will prove counterproductive and also detrimental for the cause, because there are several thousands of Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese who had undergone untold hardships and also lost very many kith and kin.

Some families still live with tears in their eyes and without proper food. I have in my family circle one, still crying for her husband and two children.

The TNA which had claimed the LTTE as the national head of the Tamils and also as sole representatives of the Tamil people who had no losses and those who gained financially and otherwise, have no problem. But others, the victims have a lot to worry about. The kith and kin in these families will not be happy to join this program.

This is why I warned the TNA much earlier, to join cautiously without alerting these people and leave it to them to decide as to who they should vote.

My suggestion will look reasonable for some and ridiculous to others. Left alone the whole episode will appear to be a dream, if alerted the consequences will be terrible.

To pacify them, who are hurt, the only option the TNA has is to announce that the TNA no more has any connections with the LTTE and that they are no more. To find a solution within a unitary state is not the discovery of any in the present TNA.

The TULF leaders announced after passing the Eelam resolution, to accept it, if a suitable alternative is offered.

It is my strong view that Mr. R. Sambanthan and M.A.Sumanthiran alone cannot solve problem without the assistance of the leaders of the other parties to the alliance.

- Asian Tribune -

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