TNA demands to dissolve Parliament

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The Tamil National Alliance demanded that Parliament be dissolved, following Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MP Dullas Alahapperuma’s defeat in the Presidential race yesterday (20).

The TNA openly supported Alahapperuma to be the next President yesterday (20), but he was defeated by 52 votes.

Following this, the TNA said Parliament has once again demonstrated that it is in the grip of the SLPP, despite losing its mandate.

TNA Spokesman M.A. Sumanthiran said Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake made a good point that the number of persons who openly approved Alahapperuma exceeded 113 before the election. “What happened then?,” queried Sumanthiran. He alleged that the Rajapaksas “bought” the SLPP MPs and that the country has not changed even 1 per cent. There will be “More chaos and turmoil with political instability and bad karma for Sri Lanka with negative growth. May God help Sri Lanka,” Sumanthiran said.

Prior to the secret ballot in selecting the President of Sri Lanka, Sumanthiran said it was after careful consideration that the TNA extended its support to Alahapperuma as an Interim President to represent the people and earn the legitimacy and moral authority to govern the country.

He said the TNA recognises that there are no ideal choices in this interim election. “If he succeeds, the TNA will hold Alahapperuma accountable for delivering on the 21st Amendment and the democratic and economic reform that citizens are clamouring for.”

“Sri Lanka is facing monumental economic challenges affecting all citizens, including the Tamil people, whose economic struggles are compounded by the enduring impact of the war, and neglect by successive governments,” Sumanthiran tweeted yesterday.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan