‘Do not betray minorities’

By Ananth Palakidnar

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said, the government of President Maithripala Sirisena should not betray the minorities who brought him to power, by granting nomination to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. TNA spokesman Suresh Premachandran said the TNA was confused about the decision by the UPFA to grant nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

SAMBANTHAN“More than anybody, President Sirisena criticized the entire Rajapaksa clan as corrupt. He also said that he was elected the President to free the country from the grip of the Rajapaksa regime and to create good governance. It was not only President Sirisena, the whole country, irrespective of race, religion and region, especially the Tamils and Muslims, played a key role in electing President Sirisena with the expectation of creating good governance in the country. Therefore, even after defeating the so called corrupt government of Rajapaksa, granting him nomination will be something like giving him oxygen to come back again,” Premachandran said.

He added that the TNA expected that the outcome of the parliamentary poll in August would strengthen the hands of the present government further. But with the wrong moves, the people in the country will not cherish good governance. Meanwhile, commenting on the seat allocations of the TNA in the North and East, Premachandran said the final decision will be taken this week.