Rift In TNA Over Maithri Policy

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A rift has developed in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) over President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 day policy.
TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that there is a difference of opinion among the leaders of the TNA over the 100 day programme presented by President Sirisena.

According to him, even though all the members of the TNA support the reforms as suggested in the 100 day programme, there are some who cannot fully support the programme as it does not contain any provision to address the Tamil issue. “R. Sambanthan may be in support of the whole 100-day programme.

However, even though we are in support of repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing back the 17th Amendment and other suggested changes in the 100 day programme, there is a difference of opinion within the TNA about the programme as it does not have any provision for addressing the Tamil national issue,” he added.

He added that there are leaders within the TNA who are gravely concerned about this matter. He also agreed that the TNA could not expect the new government to resolve the Tamil issue in 100 days and therefore said that they would have to build a dialogue with those who take over after the general election. However, he added that the concern related to lands, missing persons, resettlement and political prisoners continues to remain as TNA’s prime issues until they are being resolved.