The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to submit three proposals to the common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The JHU proposals are to abolish the dictatorial powers of the President, establish independent commissions to guarantee good governance and amend the election system to be answerable to people.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader the JHU MP Udaya Gamanpila said that they have exhausted all avenues of discussion with the government. However, he said that they had not held any discussions with any other party prior to relinquishing their ministerial portfolios as his party considered it unethical. Asked why his party had submitted a complete set of proposals to the government but only three to the common opposition, he said that as the common candidate would only be an interim president it was only fair that they submit the limited number of proposals. However there is also speculation that if the JHU is not happy with the common candidates manifesto, they will decide to support a third Buddhist candidate.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP and ITAK leader Mawei Senathirajah claims that the Tamil people in the North will only support a presidential candidate who will be genuinely committed to resolving the issues of the Tamils.
In an interview with The Sunday Leader he claimed that while several countries had, during the provincial council elections, promised to assist the people of the North and East the government has done nothing to help bring in these funds. He claims that even the Diaspora are willing to help the northern region develop but the government is blocking all avenues and preventing the development of the North as they want to hold on to power and control the whole country.
He said that even the farmers are in a dilemma as they have no lands to cultivate. Although the government claims to have given farmers fertilizer subsidies and other concessions, nothing has been given to the northern farmers. Further the people were given loans from banks and now the people are unable to pay these loans and are in a big mess as they do not have a proper income either.Similarly the 80,000 war widows are also in great trouble as they have no employment or no livelihood assistance whatsoever. “We are aware of the problems faced by the Tamil people but what are we to do when we have not been given the resources to address these issues.”