ITAK says Sampanthan and Sumanthiran violated norms

By Mirudhula Thambiah

Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Senior Vice President, Prof. C.K. Sittrampalam, said that the Party Central Committee should take action against TNA leader and Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan and Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran for violating ITAK norms as they have failed to inform the Party about their participation at the 67th Independence Day celebrations.
Speaking to Ceylon Today Prof. Sittrampalam said the ITAK should soon summon the Central Committee to discuss on this issue and he has forwarded a statement in this regard.
tna sambanthanHe further stated that grievances of Tamil people are yet to be solved and in such a situation participation in State functions should be informed. “They have participated in the Independence Day celebration without the consent of the Party. They shouldn’t have taken their own decisions, both TNA leader Sampanthan and Parliamentarian Sumanthiran should have informed the Party before attending this event,” he said.
Prof. Sittrampalam said that he will soon forward a letter to General Secretary of ITAK regarding both members failing to follow the norms of the Party.
“Our Party is democratic, when the Central Committee is summoned and if they feel an action should be taken, they should proceed,” he added.
He also said both members could have participated at the event if the issues in North and East were settled.
When contacted, the leader of ITAK, Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah, said that he was not aware of any statement issued by Prof. Sittrampalam and if there is any issue the Central Committee of ITAK will look into it.