By Amadoru Amarageeva
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to “work closely” with the government if it puts forward a political solution acceptable to the Tamil community within an undivided Sri Lanka.
However the TNA leader R.Sambanthan, speaking to reporters in Trincomalee this evening, did not say if the party would join the government or support the government in Parliament.
Mr. Sampanthan further said that that Tamil people in the North and the East had accepted their policy statement at this election by electing its members to parliament.
“This election was held at a time an election should not be conducted. We have secured even this amount of seats amidst threats and other pressures. At a time when the voting rights of our people have been taken away from them. Most of these civilians are still in IDP camps without any facilities. Most others have fled the country. A large number of youths are held in illegal detention centres. At a time like this not even 50 percent of the voters in the North had cast their votes,” he said.
“The Tamil people showed that an election was not necessary at this moment. Even so we have to thank our voters who underwent much hardship to elect us,” he noted.
The TNA members speaking to the media