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TNA pact aimed at regaining political clout: Yapa

16 January 2019 08:11 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Tamil National Alliance’s pact with the government is an attempt to regain its lost political authority in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said today.

The TNA on Monday said it had come to an agreement with the government to rename the Northern Development Ministry as the North and East Development Ministry. It also said the government agreed to consult the TNA when making Cabinet decisions to develop the North and East.

Commenting on the matter, UPFA MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said what the TNA attempted to do was purely political and not development oriented.

“The TNA no longer has a foothold in the North and the East. This pact agreed to with the government will only benefit the TNA politically. Although it had enough time and resources, as a party, the TNA was never focused on improving the well-being of the people,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“During the previous regime, the Northern and Eastern Provinces were developed by the Economic Development Ministry. It did not have to consult any political party to develop the country. Irrespective of regions, people encounter similar issues such as poverty. The government can and should be able to address them without consulting political parties,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 12

  • Dee Wednesday, 16 January 2019 08:49 PM

    Retire in peace!

    Labby Wednesday, 16 January 2019 08:59 PM

    It was Ok for the EPDP to support the Rajapakse government. Not a hum about all this then.

    Megan Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:12 PM

    Racist talk

    Slay Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:16 PM

    No sane person listens or agrees with him, He has become the 4th Joker of the UPFA

    Kumar Wednesday, 16 January 2019 09:22 PM

    Look at every other democratic country which has important minorities,the Central Governments always consult with the political representatives of the minorities prior to any development project that is undertaken in their traditional land. And remember the word minority is a poor word to represent them as it doesn’t say anything of the brain power and all other capabilities specially the Tamils possesses in abundance.

    Rosh fdo Thursday, 17 January 2019 03:42 AM

    U may goto the courts if they have a pact wit the government ,rather than going about saying crap

    Jude Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:40 AM

    CAN'T believe these low-life Low-level Politicians still playing THE "Jathie Arlay" Card !!! Huh !!

    HeinzBSG Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:22 AM

    I don't see any issue having mandatory consultations with the TNA regarding the Northern province development. Eastern province, however, is a completely different story. Moor and Sinhala population constitute nearly 60 percent of the total population. Making the TNA the sole consultant is outright foolish. SLPP will absolutely hammer this issue during elections.

    Sanka Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:04 AM

    This man is a real game player,playing out public.

    sobers Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:36 AM

    It is very sad that again Racism is being promoted to gather public votes. TNA has clearly vouched that they are for a Unitary State, They want a solution and issues of the Tamils addressed. Even yesterday MP Sumanthiran stated it to the media. They have clearly mentioned that no divisions. It is a shame that SLPP is instigating Racism. Finaly the citizen pays, I am sure the voters will teach them a lesson in the betterment of a united Sri lanka.

    Amara Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:55 AM

    That is incorrect. TNA is for a 'United and Undivided' Sri Lanka. There is a subtle but serious distinction between a "Unitary" and "United".

    Sambo Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:40 AM

    If the TNA were supporting your party all this talk will be different. Sour Grapes. Don't take all the public to be fools. You can talk all you want but its the public who will decide your future.


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