TNA makes its pitch for Sajith’s victory

The Tamil National Alliance yesterday urged “all people, particularly the Tamils, whom it represents to vote for Sajith Premadasa, the New Democratic Alliance candidate contesting under the Swan symbol.” R Sampanthan Leader of TNA, Mavai Senathirajah Leader – Illankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Leader – Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Dharmalingham Siddarthan Leader – People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), said, in a media statement, that the “record of the Podujana Peramuna and its candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others in governance with them has been dismal.…

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Govt, JVP members call for punitive action over violent behavior in House last year

By Saman IndrajithGovernment and some opposition MPs, yesterday, requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take immediate action against those who had been found guilty of chilli powder attacks in the House, last year. Speaker Jayasuriya said that the relevant matter had been referred to the Attorney General’s Department and measures were being taken to initiate action against the culprits. JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake demanded that Parliament take action against those responsible for the incident. Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that disciplinary action should be taken against all 54,…

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Tamils agree to back Sajith

All parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have decided to support New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. The TNA said in an official announcement that all alliance members have reached a consensus to back Premadasa. The TNA said it had decided to support Sajith Premadasa considering the past and future actions and policies. The TNA also stated that issues regarding missing persons, detainees, land release, resettlement, and rehabilitation should be addressed by the new President. The War Crime accused Karuna, Pillayan and EPDP Leader Douglas are supporting Gotha.…

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The Potential For The Final Disappearance Of Democracy In Sri Lanka

By Emil van der Poorten – Emil van der Poorten While surveying the current political landscape of Sri Lanka one cannot but have a sense of déjà vu relative to what occurred with the advent of Rajapaksa control of everything in this country. At the outset of its ascent to power, the Rajapaksa juggernaut made Chandrika Bandaranaike’s less-than-democratic actions pale into insignificance. The campaign leading up to Mahinda’s ascent to the throne was a no-holds-barred one. With the UNP lot throwing Sarath Fonseka, seen as a piqued political prima donna at the time, into the…

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Gota Frontliner Iterates Anti-Muslim Campaign Has Been Paused For Polls

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s front organization – Viyathmaga front-liner Prof. Channa Jayasumana says that anti-Muslim campaigns spearheaded by SLPP front organizations had been paused due to the forthcoming 16 November Presidential Elections, at a book launch held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute recently. “For four years along with the Maha Sangha we made sacrifices as the national movement to bring out a candidate (i.e. Gotabaya Rajapaksa). I personally believe that we were successful. However after nominations were handed over we are of no value. I must say that now. My personal believe is that…

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TNA chose the side that can fulfill separatist demands – Gotabaya

Presidential hopeful of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has chosen the party that can fulfil their separatist demands. Addressing a rally at Ratnapura, Rajapaksa said he has held neither parliamentary membership nor a ministerial position, but fulfilled the responsibility put on his shoulders. Referring to the presidential front-runner Minister Sajith Premadasa’s campaign promises, Rajapaksa said, it is unbelievably ridiculous to make such promises when he failed to fulfil them while holding a powerful ministerial post in the government. Speaking…

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Mahinda leased over 8,000 acres to US firms – Anura Kumara

National People’s Power (NPP) Presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a campaign rally in Anuradhapura on Wednesday that a massive land area extending over 8,000 acres was leased out to American companies during the Rajapaksa regime. He said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who pretends to be perturbed over the MCC agreement with the US, had leased out over 5,000 acres of land in Somawathiya, 2000 acres in Pelwatta and hundreds of acres more in Iginimitiya, to American companies for a song. Dissanayake said that former Economic Development Minister Basil…

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Hizbullah behind malicious act against me

Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Rauff Hakeem, yesterday alleged that an ‘extortionist’ was slandering his image through a certain media. Addressing reporters yesterday, Minister Hakeem alleged that a certain person named Mahroof had been slinging mud and character assassinating him for money instigated by former Eastern Province Chief Minister and presidential candidate M.L.A.M. Hizbullah. “I know that Hizbullah and another Pohottuwa leader are behind this malicious act against me. I will expose the Pohottuwa man at the right time,” he added. Minister Hakeem categorically said that he had…

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