Until national question resolved TNA says no to joining Govt

BY Arthur Wamanan

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has definitively said that they would not join the Government under any circumstance until a durable solution is reached for the national question.

It was speculated that the TNA would join the Government after it had suffered defeat at the Local Government Polls held on 10 February.

However, Parliamentarian President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran added that as a policy the TNA would not be a part of any Government under any circumstance.

“There is no possibility of us joining the Government. We have consistently ruled out as a matter of policy that we will not participate in any Government until the national question is solved,” he said.

However, he said, the TNA would give its support to a Government which would take steps to address the issues of the Tamil people.

“If there is a Government in place that will take progressive steps to address the issues of the Tamil people, both Constitutional and immediate needs, the TNA will cooperate with it.

But it does not mean that we will join them,” Sumanthiran clarified.