TNA will work with govt

18 April 2010 04:07 pm - 41     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Amadoru Amarageeva

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to “work closely” with the government if it puts forward a political solution acceptable to the Tamil community within an undivided Sri Lanka.

However the TNA leader R.Sambanthan, speaking to reporters in Trincomalee this evening, did not say if the party would join the government or support the government in Parliament.

Mr. Sampanthan further said that that Tamil people in the North and the East had accepted their policy statement at this election by electing its members to parliament.

“This election was held at a time an election should not be conducted. We have secured even this amount of seats amidst threats and other pressures. At a time when the voting rights of our people have been taken away from them. Most of these civilians are still in IDP camps without any facilities. Most others have fled the country. A large number of youths are held in illegal detention centres. At a time like this not even 50 percent of the voters in the North had cast their votes,” he said.

“The Tamil people showed that an election was not necessary at this moment. Even so we have to thank our voters who underwent much hardship to elect us,” he noted.  

The TNA members speaking to the media

  Comments - 41

  • Monday, 19 April 2010 04:55 AM

    Oh No thanks! we dont wont snakes inside our sarongs ever again!

    Monday, 19 April 2010 11:21 AM

    I like this idea, I suppose that the sensible think to do.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 05:38 AM

    You will get anything you ask from the Presiednt except a sepaerate state and Tamils should live peacefully with dignity and honesty with others in a United Sri Lanka

    Monday, 19 April 2010 12:06 PM

    You cannot go against Vaddukoddai Resolution of 1976 and the people's mandate of 1977 for Tamil Eelam.

    Anything within that framework is democratic and acceptable. Not otherwise.

    A freedom movement can never be oppressed by violating the principles it stands for. People will come back with political force.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 05:55 AM

    So during the presidential election all the pacha team - Wimal Dullas Champika- all said that UNP is having an agreemnent with TNA to divide the coutnry - lets see what MR and pacha team will do now...........

    Monday, 19 April 2010 01:03 PM

    Now that's really funny. when the TNA supports the UNP, it is because Ranil is a Tiger supporter and as such a traitor. But when the TNA supports Mahinda, no problem at all. What jokers we have in this country.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 06:31 AM

    Mr. Sambandan you dont have any other options.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 06:35 AM

    Didn't the Government say TNA were terrorists in the Presidential election ?

    Monday, 19 April 2010 02:38 PM

    Excellent! Tamil people have selected you with confidence to fulfill their long standing aspirations.No point in staying away from the main stream of politics.Your move will keep away the anti -social elements like Douglas & co from the government.Best Wishes

    Monday, 19 April 2010 02:46 PM

    Ya this is realy a great modern thinking to resolve the probelms

    Monday, 19 April 2010 06:57 AM

    Not only TNA even UNP and DNA must support MR for him to have a good Cabinet and a good Government. Then without fear MR can work best fro the country. With people like M A Sumandiram and Eran Wickremaratne in TNA and UNP, the country must get the best. It is a waste of resources to keep them as opposition back benchers.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:12 AM

    Hope Sambanthan will sign in Singhala the MoU signed with the government as done before with SF during Presidential Election.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:20 AM

    If Sambandan joins Ranil - Ranil is a pro-LTTE. Now Sambandan wants to join MR - what do people like Weerawansa, Champika Ranawaka etc. have to say about this? I bet they will keep silent

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:21 AM

    More than the 13th Amendment?

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:22 AM

    Didnt Sambandan say he didnt trust the government? Now why has he changed - what's the package?

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:42 AM

    my dear "KD"
    It seems like you havent seen the important bit in his speech
    "political solution acceptable to the Tamil community within an undivided Sri Lanka."
    This is all we are asking all the time and he realized it now so dont try to make stories for narrow political gains

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 04:12 PM

    Dont do that it will be detrimental.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 07:51 AM

    Kindheartedly or lightheartedly treated ??

    Monday, 19 April 2010 10:15 PM

    The real Tamil problem is that you guys never understand our problems or don't want to understand our problems.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 10:20 PM

    A good move by the TNA, but will the hardline Sinhala extremist parties like SU and JNP try to disturb a solution. If MR can overcome this, and treat all sections equally, it will be a 'total' peace and great future for Sri Lanka.

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 04:19 PM

    but not separate state...

    Monday, 19 April 2010 10:32 PM

    The government must show both genuineness and generosity, to solve the national problem with the TNA.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 08:01 AM

    Yeah right... if TNA joins the opposition then they are tigers. If they join the ruling party that is great...
    cant understand the logic..!!!!

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 05:09 PM

    this takes me back to presidential election time when TNA agreed to support SF. How many comments were there labeling SF as a "traitor". So my dear MR suppoters, i invite for your valuable commenta at this time too

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 06:56 PM

    trust me u don't want to change the constitution by giving them 2/3rds majority u r asking for trouble

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 07:32 PM

    great decision

    Monday, 19 April 2010 08:24 AM

    It is better TNA have a dialogue with the President and get maximum possible benefits for Tamils in UNDIVIDED Sri Lanka. So go for discussion and take advantage of the current situ.

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 07:55 PM

    Good move TNA, let's see if the government respect also the north and east Tamils wish.

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 08:57 PM

    The problem is so called "Tamil community" does not accept an "undivided" Sri Lanka. So don't bother TNA.

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 10:46 PM

    We hope the Govt will accept this proposal from TNA- as that is what we all want -for Sri Lanka our beautiful homeland to be one country-undivided in all ways. Teach in English medium but make all children study Sinhala, Tamil & English to about Grade 6 and then they can drop one language and continue the other language with English. This must be for all schools so that there is no difference between the two groups. We are all SRI LANKAN.
    -Govt schools or Privte schools. At about Grade

    Sunday, 18 April 2010 11:19 PM


    Monday, 19 April 2010 08:49 AM

    Heloo! where R our great patriots. R they asleep

    Monday, 19 April 2010 01:47 AM

    This is somewhat to be kindheartedly considered.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 02:01 AM

    And how do you work closely with the govt? Asking the same pound of flesh again in a different way? All you can ask for is equality with every other ethnic group in Sri Lanka. I doubt you will get anything more than that.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 09:32 AM

    Then traitor has now joined the Government . Are they still traitor, for your comments Mr. Weerawansa.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 02:55 AM

    It shows Sampanthan's policy's short sightedeness when he says "voting rights of our people being taken away".

    He should be thankful that his people are free to vote without being scared to a gun point, despite the fact that they reside in a camp.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 02:59 AM

    WHAT is this 'Tamil Problem'? Tamils work, live and thrive in the South and every other Province. What EXACTLY is this "Tamil Problem"???

    Monday, 19 April 2010 03:34 AM

    Please don't betray us.Do only what is good and right for the Tamil people.

    Monday, 19 April 2010 04:10 AM

    Mr. Sambanthan

    please understand there is no democracy in the country. therefore either join the government and get a minsterial post and serve the country or just leave the politics and enjoy your retirement at home.

    Dont waste your time and people"s time. Its the fate of Sri Lanka

    Monday, 19 April 2010 09:59 AM

    I thought Sambandan said he cannot trust MR. Now he knows Mahinda will give him 13th Amendment & beyond - just because he is craving for the 2/3 majority!

    Monday, 19 April 2010 04:33 AM

    If you cannot beat them, then join them.

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