TNA MPs call on President


In the backdrop of President Ranil Wickremesinghe attempting to form an All-Party Government, a delegation of TNA MPs visited the Presidential Secretariat on 3 August to discuss future moves and necessary action to resolve the prevailing political and economic crisis.

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Batticaloa District MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, who was part of the delegation yesterday (4), said during the meeting, the delegation brought to the President’s attention issues faced by the Tamil community.

TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and Sivagnanam Sritharan were also part of the delegation, Rasamanickam said.

The delegation urged the President to address 10 welfare matters of Tamils. The President also pledged to consider the requests of TNA MPs, the ITAK MP said.

Rasamanickam added that MP Sritharan also praised the President for coming forward to address the problems of the Tamil community despite certain TNA MPs voting in favour of Dullas Alahapperuma during the secret ballot held in Parliament to select the President.

The ITAK MP said the President told them that certain TNA MPs had voted for him in the secret ballot.

The decision on whether to support the All-Party Government or not will be taken based on the national programme put forward by the President. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was also present when the TNA delegation called on the President, Rasamanickam said.

“The most important demands put forwarded to the President by the TNA delegation are, a section of Tamil political prisoners must be released within three months. The Kalmunai North Sub-divisional Secretariat in the Ampara District must be promoted as a Divisional Secretariat according to the gazette notification issued in 1991. Demarcation work was carried out by the Survey Department on private lands to give them to the Security Forces permanently, where their camps have been set up now,” MP Rasamanickam said.

“The delegation also urged the President that the occupation of Department of Archaeology, Mahaweli Development Authority, Department of Forest Conservation and other relevant entities on lands owned by Tamil people in the North and East must be stopped immediately. The Prevention of Terrorism Act must be repealed. The goodwill signs in this connection must be revealed first. The resolutions passed by the UNO must be implemented. Justice must be served to the families of persons who were forcibly disappeared,” he added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen