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Either support Ranil or be in opposition: SLPP tells TNA


15 December 2018 08:19 am - 42     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should decide either to ally with the United National Party (UNP) or to sit in the opposition, MP Kanchana Wijesekera said.

He told a news briefing the recent conduct of the TNA had been quite partial to the UNP in Parliament.

“We witnessed the TNA voting in favour of the confidence motion in support of Ranil Wickremesinghe. They cannot continue to be like this. If they are to play the role of the opposition they should work against the government,” he said.

He said if the TNA wished they could form a government with 117 seats in Parliament with the UNP and added that won’t happen because TNA had said they would not join any party to form a coalition government.

“If they want to support the UNP, they should handover their opposition post to a party that has secured the most number of seats in parliament. They cannot sit on the fence,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 42

  • Jude Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:57 AM

    UNP go for Snap polls !! Definitely will get majority in PARLIAMENT members elected!!

    D.e.mo. cracy Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:57 AM

    TAN is always for Democracy. SLPP is a CRAZY party.

    Kugan Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:03 AM

    Get the facts correct opposition is there to challenge not against the govnt,basically all should work for county's interest

    Sodha Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:41 AM

    Exactly Kugan. Opposition doesn't mean working against Govt. This MP (perhaps all SLPP fellows) are crazy

    Boniface Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:20 AM

    Who is Kanchana to dictate to terms to another party? Modaya!

    Fencer Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:06 AM

    If you people can sit on the PENCE, others can too!!!

    Karu Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:08 AM

    This applies to the President as well.

    Ghost Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:08 AM

    Look who is talking, there was a time they didn't recognize TNA to be the rightful Opposition!

    Lion Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:12 AM

    SLPP you have no rights to make this comment enter parliament after next general election

    Sumedha Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:59 AM

    Yes now clean and develop the village's that's the power you have now

    Go to hell Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:13 AM

    Losers turning on TNA. They delivered the stability to the country against the nightmares you had produced. If I was MR I would have stepped down immediately after the SC ruling.

    nsathees Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:13 AM

    It's the UPFA that will be opposition if not joined with UNP. SLPP contest a general election before any claim.

    Lasantha de Silva Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:14 AM

    Come through the front door, then talkLasa

    Punchi Malli Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:14 AM

    Kanchana stop deciding for others and instead,for once announce to the public the number of MPs who support MR.

    Vivian V Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:21 AM

    I think MP Kanchana Wijesekara is failing to see the role of the leader of the opposition(LoP). LoP is to work for the country. When the government is taking positive steps the role of the LoP is to support the government.

    ram Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:21 AM

    kanchanaare a leader of TNA to command them. its upto them to decide on their political carrier. u look after ur own party matter.

    get lost traitors Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:23 AM

    I don't think anyone wants your advice.

    Lakvit Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:29 AM

    The members of the TNA, though the target of the Rajapakse Camp the self-appointed patriots of this country, acted with true patriotism,to save the country from the clutches of a power-hungry man who has got a few fools around him like this guy who lick his boots and sings his praises even if the country is sold to foreigners, lock stock and barrel. The Tamil people of Sri Lanka are our very own brothers and sisters by long ancestry. Not descendants of criminals of yesteryear. This instance they demonstrated good will and judgment to protect our democracy from the most destructive, corrupt force we have ever seen on this land ever and he is one of them. This immature person does not know what he is talking about. Would Mr Sampanthan a veteran, educated and wise politician need his two cents worth political advice?He and his third-rate party have just made absolute idiots of themselves before the people.If they have an ounce of self-respect left in them they should all resign.

    Nalini Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:30 AM

    Who are you to speak like this ? Your father was political chameleon who changed sides like changing clothes and now finally grounded after Tiger attack on him.Where were you when your big boss accomodated Karuna in the Family party? The TNA supported UNP because the country was in anarchy due to your MR and MSYou should be sent to jail soon for the best interest of our nation

    rew Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:21 PM

    Did deals with VP !!

    Falih Caffoor Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:30 AM

    The function of the Opposition is not simply to oppose the Government but to support or oppose measures that are good or detrimental to the Country. Too often we see good measures being opposed because the opposition, who ever they may be, think that it is their sole function.

    Suresh Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:40 AM

    Who the hell are you to tell anyone what to do?? Are you gang now trying to make fake PM opposition leader? Hehehe

    Tamil Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:41 AM

    When you are an ethnically minority party the luxury of consistently and logic are almost impossible to maintainhowever idealistic you feel in your heart.This is he sad truth of being a minority.

    Diogenes Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:51 AM

    Who are you to tell them what they should do? You mind your own business!

    Nuri Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:52 AM

    Another no-level qualified fisherman who managed to creep into parliament, trying to teach his grand mother to suck eggs.

    xxx Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:54 AM

    The whole country was earnestly looking forward for advise from you.

    Suren Sarathkumara Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:55 AM

    The job of an opposition party is not to indiscriminately oppose anything a government would do.

    Mandy Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:48 PM

    Only shows Kanchana is not for national based politics but only party based and what is there for me type. A good opposition will not voppose sake sake of just opposing.

    Sofia Saturday, 15 December 2018 09:56 AM

    They are principled unlike you - just doing everything to capture power. TNA will oppose undemocratic acts of MR and MS but will oppose Ranil if they consider it not n the interest of TNA or Sri Lanka. Same with JVP.

    Jude Saturday, 15 December 2018 10:25 AM

    You DON'T have to be a Political Science Guru to say that, TNA NOT going to get any Deals from any Party in SL !!??Period!!!

    Palitha Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:38 AM

    Please don't mess a around there is limit for everything SLPP ruined the country Mahinda and his supporters doesn't allow peace loving people in our country to live peacefully always creating unnecessary problems you have few slogans to mislead people please get lost

    Mandy Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:39 AM

    Remember Kanchana that TNA supports that which is right for TNA and SL while you and other crooks support MR and MS even if they are wrong. The Supreme Court said MR and MS wrong. So what is your argument. Stupid is it not.

    Rev Far Gihan goonathilaka Saturday, 15 December 2018 11:39 AM

    Can you sit in the opposition and raise your hands the other way If you don't have any deals is the question. looks ugly and NOT clean.

    Nallammah kulanthaivelu Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:01 PM

    TNA acted to safeguard democracy against the nonsensical act of the President to act to suit his whims and fancies.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:32 PM

    TNA will align with even the devil if promised of a new Constitution which will lead to LTTE dream of ... you know what. All talk of a unitary state.. a red herring. Even if they want to be genuine the so called LTTE aligned diaspora will not allow them to be so.

    sandy123 Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:20 PM

    We will be a developing country for ever if we wear this bottle glass. No future for SL if these beggars are in politics or blindly help politicians similar to this who do politics at the moment

    Be Fair Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:02 PM

    Quote "play the role of the opposition they should work against the government".Country FIRST, young man, not party politics. This is what is wrong with you imbeciles

    Ruwan Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:07 PM

    Just because you are on the opposing party you need not oppse everything.... it is an alternate government .. have some sense

    Dulan Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:26 PM

    Kanchana we recall that your father was a very corrupt politican who enriched his family .at least can u not learn and reform

    S.P.Ramkumar Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:01 PM

    SLPP member have to be sacked from parliament. No one had contested under SLPP lotus bud. You have no rights to talk about opposition members. You tried to became ruling party But it was faiture now you are trying to catch opposition seats.

    Chris Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:23 PM

    Hey you idiot Kanchana, You are a MP from UPFA/ SLFP but now in SLPP. Before you talk why not resign the MP post and then preach.

    s.shiha Sunday, 16 December 2018 10:32 AM

    Do not even talk like a father

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