TMTK Leader laments defeat
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Leader of the Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kuttani (TMTK) and Parliament-elect C.V. Wigneswaran said although they were confident that they would secure at least four seats in Jaffna and the Vanni and three seats in the East, they were defeated.
He said his Party will assess the issues as to why they could not secure more seats .
He said only two reasons come to mind and that this could be due to poverty and that people are vulnerable and could be easily cheated. “Our people have a tendency to be quickly trapped and be misguided,” he added.
However, as a six-month new Party, he noted that the victory amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, has given them confidence.
“People have accepted our focus and our manifesto and we will continue in keeping up to those promises we have made to them,” he said.
“During the Poll campaign, we exposed the allegations we had concerning the TNA and how the people could not get a political solution and gain their political rights. I have to remind you that all those demands you have placed on us has been overtaken by the politics played by some. This has been reflected in the Election. Many Tamils have joined the Government bandwagon and the political parties that are backed by the ruling Party. Don’t repeat this mistake and bring the death knell to our 70- year struggle,” he added.
In the North and East, the TNA has been defeated like never before, he noted. The TNA’s policy has led to have them keeping the wrong persons in the Party and ousting the good ones, claimed Wigneswaran. He said that this has landed the TNA in a bad position.
He also noted that over the preferential votes, some ugly incidents had taken place and that as a result, the TNA will have a black mark in their political journey.
He said that whoever is elected, they are our people and should be cautious and work with responsibility.
“Also, they have now been placed in a dangerous position. The Sinhala nationalists have regained their unshakable power in Parliament and our traditional lands can be grabbed using the cultural demography, there will be some hard times in the future,” he claimed.
Wigneswaran said the Tamils and Muslims should join hands to defeat such attempts in the future. “We need new strategies and to work in unity,” he added.