Tamil National Alliance waiting for the first move .........
[b]Tamil National Alliance waiting for the first move by the new President[/b]
By Anne Rodrigo – Asian Tribune
[b]Colombo, 20 November, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] The Tamil National Alliance yesterday said that they are waiting for President Mahinda Rajapakse to make the first move with regard to peace and the party will make their stand known accordingly. TNA also said that they were ready to support the new President of Sri Lanka in his peace bid based on nothing but a “federal solution”.
In an exclusive interview with the “Asian Tribune,” Parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj said that the LTTE, TNA including people in Jaffna sent a clear message to the people out there, including the international community, that they have no faith in Sri Lankan government anymore.
Rajapakse received 4.88 million which account for 50.29% of the votes. His rival, Wickremesinghe got 4.70 million 48.43%. The total polled amounted to 9.82 million of which 9.71 million were counted as valid votes. Mahinda Rajapakse won by a majority of 180,786 votes.
Meanwhile, across the board boycotting of election by Tamils in Jaffna spoilt Wickremesinghe’s chances of winning the Presidency. These points to the fact that minority votes are decisive in the final outcome of any election. Of the 701,938 registered votes in Jaffna, the total polled was only 8524.
He said the people in Jaffna voted previously to many candidates for the Presidency. “But what did they get at the end of the day?
The government is yet to come up with a joint pact to deliver the Tsunami aid,” said Raviraj
Jaffna district Parliamentarian, Raviraj began his political career in 1987 when he joined the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). In 1998 he took office as the Deputy Mayor of Jaffna Municipal council. He was appointed as the Jaffna Mayor in 2001 and the following year Raviraj was elected as a Member of Parliament.