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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday distanced itself from the statement made by its MP S. Sritharan eulogising the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Party leader R. Sampanthan told Daily Mirror that this was certainly not the position of the party.

MP Sritharan had told Parliament, in a statement, that Prabhakaran was a freedom fighter who died a heroic death on behalf of Tamil people.

 His speech was scorned by the members of both the Government and the main Opposition United National Party (UNP).

Asked for a comment on these remarks, Mr. Sampanthan said his party’s position regarding the national question had clearly been outlined in the party’s manifesto presented to the people of the north prior to the September 21 provincial council election.

“Mr. Sritharan would have been moved by the fact that yesterday (November 26) was Prabhakaran’s birthday. He would have made an emotional statement. We did not campaign during the previous elections on such a line. Even, Mr. Sritharan did not campaign on that basis. We would not have allowed him to do so,” the TNA leader said.

He said, “This clearly does not reflect the TNA’s position. We are clear about it.”

There was uproar in Parliament after Mr. Sritharan’s statement on Tuesday glorifying and romanticising the acts of Prabhakaran.

Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake hit out at the TNA member over such remarks, and queried how a terrorist who killed so many leaders from the Tamil society itself could be called a freedom fighter.

He said the leaders of the political parties aligned with the TNA were brutally killed by Prabhakaran. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • zion Thursday, 28 November 2013 02:33 PM

    Both Sampanthan & Sritharan are from the same breed and in the same game... Beware of these two.

    FOX Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:20 AM

    SAMPANTHAN USES BRAIN . SRITHARAN USES HEART.

    Vel Tharma Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:06 PM

    What Mr Sampanthan says need not be the opinion of the Tamils

    Priyanthi Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:23 PM

    But one has to obey with the law governing by the country!

    k.kalaiselvan Thursday, 28 November 2013 10:00 AM

    what about the systematic ethinic cleasing currently being practised by the Rajapaskas????

    Ade Appa Thursday, 28 November 2013 10:22 AM

    Sridharan Anna, do not try to bring the old miserable period back to Jaffna.

    Sekhar Thursday, 28 November 2013 06:03 AM

    TNA represent North East Tamils so Be calm and accept the fact.

    Gunapala Thursday, 28 November 2013 06:05 AM

    who the hell told that Devil Prabakaran is a freedom fighter ?That is the biggest joke of this year. I am not sure this MP knows about the meaning of "freedom fighter "

    Malin Thursday, 28 November 2013 06:12 AM

    Sampanthan should take disciplinary action against Sritharan

    pasu Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:02 AM

    In last presidental election, SF gave 50 Million Rupees to sambanthan

    Wije Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:15 AM

    LTTE is frozen group all around the world and publicly Sritharan stated in the Parliament barbaric Prabahakaran is hero why government not taking him under custody?

    Grace Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:15 AM

    Mr.Sambanthan is a moderate Tamil. He should not accommodate people with militant views. He should expel Sridharan from the party and promote goodwill among communities

    Saskia Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:37 AM

    Whether Praba is a freedom fighter or not is not the core issue. The message is that Tamils need a freedom fighter in a democratic way if SL fails to implement the 13A fully.

    Saskia Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:38 AM

    Ask first MR to take disciplinary action against Mervin Silva.

    Bushel Perera Thursday, 28 November 2013 07:00 AM

    disciplinary action ? what for the talking?

    an s !!!kith udugama Thursday, 28 November 2013 07:03 AM

    Yes they are better than the mongrel pirabakaran

    jaya Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:06 PM

    jackol trying to step in to the void created by ruthless terrorist manic for cheap gains.

    SAM_SPARROW Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:07 AM

    That was his personal point of view.

    sahar Thursday, 28 November 2013 07:13 AM

    "Our Boys", please do not stoop to their level. Sritharan need rehabilitation. Let us behave like the followers of Our Teacher, Lord Buddha.

    Mithy Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:13 AM

    Dear Mr Sambanthan, You are correct

    mayo Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Wht about killing of Kumar ponnambalam, raviraj maheswaran Joseph pararajasingam killers they r honorable ministers

    mayo Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:00 AM

    Who accept or not they fought for Tamils they died for Tamil people they r always freedom fighters in Tamils heart

    kanchana Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:00 AM

    this are the current allies of prabhakaran! via DM Android App

    shama Friday, 29 November 2013 10:20 AM

    Be careful TNA members. Same game has played by Mr Amirthalingam. See what happened to him.

    Nodrog Saturday, 30 November 2013 01:13 PM

    Then how come they also killed tamils, young, old and children even? How come you couldn't even open your mouths when you were under the rule of the 'freedom fighters'?

    ravi Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:35 AM

    veera Thamilanda we with you.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:40 AM

    Is this the spirit of reconciliation Wigneswaran promised to bring about?

    Samara Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:55 AM

    Sritharan is asking for it. Sure our boys will do the needful...

    Jr Sampanthan Thursday, 28 November 2013 03:56 AM

    If so Sirtharan should taken care by the new law. Mr Sampanthan your approval please.

    Fayad Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:04 AM

    Mr Sampantha is worried with Sritharan political motivated speech will be a threat his leadership

    ANTON Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:32 AM

    ONCE YOUR FREEDOM FIGHTER GAVE AN ORDER TO KILL HIS BEST SUPPORTER KARUNA AMMAN AND HE BIT THE HANDS OF RAJIV GHANDI THAT FED HIM.

    xlntgson Friday, 29 November 2013 03:15 AM

    Hansard corrected!

    Cobra Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:38 PM

    Did Cameron have a word with Sridharan before he went back?

    Gaus Thursday, 28 November 2013 01:38 PM

    Was this MP wearing a cynide capsule during his speech in the parliament? This is one of sons of the terrorists.

    kumari Thursday, 28 November 2013 04:43 AM

    If so, what is TNA's stand on this issue? Why did two MP from TNA said such an statement in parliament? If one member is outspoken, what disciplinary action do you take for them as the TNA leader?

    Jegan Thursday, 28 November 2013 02:08 PM

    No body can question the freedom to express. Sritharan just did that.


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