TNA to join Presidential Task Force against C.V's wishes

27 August 2018 08:46 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has ignored a request by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces and would participate in a meeting of the task force scheduled for today (27).

The Northern Chief Minister had made the above request claiming that the government was attempting to undermine the long-awaited political solution to the ethnic problem by increasing economic activities in the region.

It would not affect the Tamils in any manner if the TNA joins the Presidential Task Force, PLOTE Leader cum Parliamentarian Dharmalingam Siddarthan said.

He said that the TNA had decided to join the Presidential Task Force with the consent of the Tamils as well as with the goal of fulfilling the needs of the Tamils.

"There would be no harm caused to the impending political settlement nor other matters that pertain to the Tamils by being part of the task force mooted by the government. This is not a decision taken to oppose the NPC Chief Minister either," the PLOTE Leader re-iterated.

He said that when the Parliamentary committee meeting of the TNA was held recently, the view expressed by Wigneswaran to the effect that the TNA should not join the Presidential Task Force was discussed at length. Thereafter, the TNA decided to take part in the process for the sake of the people.

"The decision was made jointly by the constituent parties of the TNA, namely, TELO, PLOTE and the ITAK. Although I was absent, our party members were present," he said.

Mr. Siddharthan said that it was decided that there was no point keeping away from the development work that had started but to forge ahead with the political settlement whilst taking part in the activities of the task force.

"By not attending the meeting of the task force there is not going to be an immediate political solution and hence it was decided to take part in it while fulfilling many projects as much as possible. This decision was not made for personal wealth or influence, but with the desire for development," he said. (S. Nitharshan)

  Comments - 6

  • RP Monday, 27 August 2018 09:41 AM

    Good move TNA!Negotiation through participation would bring some results as opposed to non participation.NP Chief needs to understand, things get done slowly and not overnight.Wishing well to Opposition leader Sambanthan and to the T. N A!

    Lankaboy Monday, 27 August 2018 10:14 AM

    Tamil has lost significant number of people and their standards of living over 30 years due to this war. Now again without getting any benefit from GOSL and still fighting would lead to deteriorated livelihood of tamils and then reduced numbers again. I don't know if CV aware that number women selling themselves in wanni just to support their family. I wonder if CV wants them to continue ...while he is waging another WAR

    Dr.Raghav Sharma Monday, 27 August 2018 01:06 PM

    For the sake of opposing please do not revolt against any move which can be benefited to the people. CM sir please be practical and positive towards the general benefits to the Tamils who undergone through a worst patch more than three decades.

    sach Monday, 27 August 2018 01:12 PM

    So Sumanthiran emerges victor in Suma vs Wiggie battle?

    kumar Monday, 27 August 2018 01:26 PM

    It was CV who was shouting no developments and is now changing tune. All he wants is to split the votes of the north.He is selling them by emotionally brain washing. Are you going to rule a population starved by poverty.

    ardneham Monday, 27 August 2018 02:30 PM

    It certainly appears that CV is taking this stand with a self-fish intention of promoting himself as the opportunity cannotbe missed in his political progress, if any.


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