Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan yesterday justified their participation at the 67th Independence Day celebrations held at the Parliamentary grounds as a gesture of goodwill for the positive measures taken by the government to promote reconciliation and amity between communities.
“With the change of government, we have fresh hopes that the issues of Tamil people in the country will be solved,” he said.
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Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Senior Vice Presidentm Prof. C.K. Sittrampalam, said the party central committee should take action against TNA Leader R. Sampanthan and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran for violating norms of the ITAK as they failed to inform the party about their participation at the 67th Independence Day celebration.
Speaking to Ceylon Today Prof. Sittrampalam said the ITAK should soon summon the central committee to discuss this issue and that he has forwarded a statement in this regard.
‘That one step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ was the first comment to be made by Neil Armstrong soon after he became the first human being to land on the moon in July 1969.
The legendary Armstrong’s comment could be interpreted in a manner with regard to Lankan Tamil politics, with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan attending the 67th Independence Day celebrations at Jayewardenepura Kotte, as ‘that one step by Sampanthan, one giant leap for reconciliation’.
Several senior members of the TNA including the Vice President of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), Emeritus Professor, C.K. Sittampalam, are up in arms against the veteran Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan attending the Independence Day celebrations in Jeyewardenepura Kotte.