No-Faith Motion: TNA partners to decide independently

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The coalition partners of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will decide independently of the main ally Ilankai Tamil Arachu Kachchi (ITAK) in regards to the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, party officials said today.

The TNA, headed by MP R. Sampanthan, is an amalgam of four parties- EPRLF, PLOTE and TELO. The TNA has 16 seats in Parliament as the main Opposition.

EPRLF’s General Secretary Suresh Premachandran told Daily Mirror his party wrote to the Prime Minister asking for solutions to some issues confronting the Tamil people in the North and the East.

“Our position on the No-Confidence Motion will be dependent upon the Prime Minister’s response to our demands,” he said.

He said the lands were acquired in the North and the East by the government citing laws on archaeological, wildlife and Mahaweli Development affairs.

“The private lands belonging to people are grabbed in this manner. This has to be stopped,” he said.

Besides, the EPRLF urged the government to grant a general amnesty to those held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

“Only a few Tamil political prisoners have been released. We await the Prime Minister’s response to our demands like these,” he said.

The EPRLF, however, has one MP serving under the banner of the TNA in the House.

The TELO, which has two parliamentary seats, has also passed a resolution. It will be communicated to the TNA parliamentary group ahead of the debate on the No-Confidence Motion.

“The TELO praesidium took a unanimous decision. It will be made known to the parliamentary group meeting,” party stalwart M. K. Sivajilingam said.

The PLOTE is the other party having three MPs. It is yet to take its decision. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Thnga Monday, 02 April 2018 08:44 AM

    The EPLRF is not a member of the TNA anymore. It had broken away and contested the LAA election in coalition with the TULF.

    reviewcric Monday, 02 April 2018 09:22 AM

    TNA when have you ever given relief to your own electorate other than suppress your own people and blame it on the govt? Hope the people of the North and East realise how bad you are and chase you fearmongers away !

    ranmala Monday, 02 April 2018 10:22 AM

    Can never trust Ranil. Send him packing home that is the only solution. Do not ever think he will solve the Tamil problem

    Manu Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:08 PM

    Tomorrow is the last day TNA is still deaming.


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