Amidst speculations about a possible split of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), its leader R. Sampanthan has sought an immediate meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on September 7 apparently to explore the possibility of patching up differences, it is learnt.
There have been open confrontations between Mr. Wigneswaran and TNA MP for the Jaffna district M.A. Sumanthiran giving credence to speculation that the TNA might break up ahead of the elections to the Northern Provincial Council.
Against the backdrop, Mr. Wigneswaran, at a meeting with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC), articulated that he had four options in the event of the TNA not giving him nomination - to retire from politics, to join another party, to form his own party or to join an organization like the TPC.
The TPC, a body of Tamil civil society movements, said it would not allow Mr. Wigneswaran to retire from politics.
Asked whether a party would be formed, Mr. Wigneswaran told Daily Mirror that he had not thought of starting a new party immediately.
“It is not an easy thing to start a new party at my age. These are discussions that are going on,” he said.
However, he said Mr. Sampanthan sought a meeting with him to discuss the latest developments.
“Maybe, Sampanthan will ask me not to start a new party but to stay with his party. We do not know,” he said.
Asked whether some external forces such as India wanted the TNA to remain united, Mr. Wigneswaran replied, “That may be true. I was not consulted, nor was anything said to me. But, that may be true. They may want unity among these people. It all depends on how people are cheated,”
He also said, “I have nothing to hide. My position is that we had come to power seeking Federalism. Federalism is what we have asked for. If it is to be changed, we must go back to our people and get their consent.” (Kelum Bandara)
Soam Monday, 3 September 2018 06:35
God forbid. One is incapacitated due to old age and the other is completely incompetent. The Tamils of the North may have to be in the wilderness for some more time. Utter insanity.
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laksiri Monday, 3 September 2018 07:28
this man is a main obstacle to get any reasonable solution to north and east people. time to time you get this nature of people to keep people suffering ,this old man is nothing to loose after retired from supreme court ,he is doing this to get undue publicity until his death and bring misery to north east people. MP ,sumanthiran is a only man can get done and he is moderate and well educated man ,so they might remove him and keep this old garbage.
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Thanga Monday, 3 September 2018 08:16
The man is shameless to seek nomination from the ITAK after slandering and maligning its leaders. This is the sad situation at this very moment. Which party will give the nomination to an individual who claims that he will form a party of his own or join an existing party or form a coalition? He is indulging is gunboat diplomacy. Apart from his other failings, his administration of the NPC was an unmitigated disaster. This time around TNA leader R.Sampanthan cannot bail out Wigneswaran. The rank and file will not accept Wigneswaran.
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Ronnie Bugger Monday, 3 September 2018 11:56
Mr. Sampanthan, watch out - Wigneswaran is a radical in thoughts, words and deeds and a gold digger by nature.
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dickie Bird Monday, 3 September 2018 16:15
So... SL Judiciary has had a radical as a High Court Judge for 35 years?ORIs this another drama played out in the open for consumption by the gullibles or diverting attention from the Yahapalanaya sins?Anything is possible. Trust is all but lost.
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Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 3 September 2018 16:30
For me, he is on a separatist agenda in collusion with LTTE supporting diaspora. Hindrance to change.
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