17 October, 2017

Presidential Election And The Challenges Facing The Tamil National Alliance

By Shanthan Thamba

Shanthan Thamba

Shanthan Thamba

On the 9th of January 2014 the Sri Lankan Presidential election results would have been announced.  It is needless to say that, this election is a two horse race between the incumbent Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa and his erstwhile secretary of his party turned his contender, Mr Maithiripala Srisena. One of them is expected to be declared elected as the President by the election commissioner on the 9th of January. There are about nineteen other names on the ballot paper, but every voter including those ‘candidates’ know that they are not in the running.

The incumbent President has two more years in the office but he decided to call this election now. ‘A week is a long time in politics’ is one of the famous quotes of the 20th century; by the former British Prime Minister Mr Harold Wilson. Mr Rajapaksa’s two years in government is a hell of a long time. If one wants and willing; it is long enough time to accomplish a substantial social, economic and political program.  There is nothing in the way to the present government to implement their program. There is no terrorism to fight; there is a legislature where this government has the absolute majority.

Why did the President choose to sacrifice his power and opted to go for a poll prematurely?  Some say it is due to the astrological considerations. This may or may not be plausible. However there are people who believe that the President who has been a shrewd and an innate political operator for more than four decades; assessed that he has a better chance now than in two years’ time. This also shows that he foresaw further decline of his popularity and he could not find a way to reverse this trend. Thus the scene is set by Mr Rajapaksa for the Sri Lankan voters to exercise their franchise.

The first major setback:

Mahinda Sampanthan Pic Sudath Silva 2014 budgetAs soon as the election date is announced, Mr Maithiripala Srisena emerged as the common candidate of the opposition. It appears that the President and his close associates seem to be unaware of the likelihood Mr Srisena’s candidacy. This has given the first impression to the common man that the President and his team are beginning to lose the plot. It also illustrates that the emerging opposition is; to a certain extent seized control of the unfolding events. The fragmented opposition in Sri Lanka for once seems to be coherent and acting with a purpose. These are early days yet but the movement for a political change in Sri Lanka is indubitably set in motion regardless of who wins this Presidential race.

TNA’s approach in the past elections:

It is said that in the last two Presidential elections of 2005 and 2010, TNA played a decisive role in different ways. In 2005 when Mr Rajapaksa contested for the first time, LTTE– TNA enforced boycott of the election in the predominantly Tamil areas ensured a marginal victory and enabled Mr Rajapaksha to become the President.

In the 2010 election, many believe that the open support of the TNA for the then common candidate Mr Sarath Fonseka indirectly instigated the massively triumphalist Sinhala constituency at that time; to vote for Mr Rajapaksa and returned him to the office for the second time.

On both occasions, to the credit of the TNA, they have clearly stated their position and the reasons for their decision and called on the people to act upon it. In hindsight one may question the political wisdom of the TNA but that is all part of the history now.

The options for the voters:

  1. Vote for the return of Mr Rajapaksa.
  2. Vote for the common candidate Mr Srisena.
  3. Work for the defeat of Mr Rajapaksa.  – What the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is doing.

According to the JVP this is an illegal and unconstitutional election and they do not want to be part of a process to elect the President through an illegal election. The reason behind JVP’s predicament is understandable. JVP’s priority is to defeat the present government; in the meantime they are not convinced that the victory of the opposition candidate will open up the necessary political space for radical changes that they desire.

JVP’s objective in this electoral process is to engage in a mass campaign to expand their voter base with a view to improve their performance in the future parliamentary election. There is a subtle difference between options two and three; though both will lead to the same outcome. In short JVP is not calling for the boycott of the election but already started their campaign to defeat the attempt by Mr Rajapaksa to become the President for the third time.

The challenges facing the TNA:

TNA has indicated their position in support of the common candidate, abolition of the Executive Presidency, full implementation of the 17th amendment and the repeal of the 18th amendment. TNA leader Mr Sampanthan’s appearance on the podium with the opposition parties in a public meeting also shows that they are in favour of the common opposition candidate. There is a general perception that the vast majority of the Tamil and Muslim voters are in no mood to vote for Mr Rajapaksa anyway. The press reports also suggest that the TNA is having consultation and discussion with the opposition, details of which are not known to the electorate.

The TNA, claiming to be the premier political configuration of the Northern and Eastern Tamils is hesitant to actively engage in this process so far. There cannot be a back door deal; such deals may benefit those who use this opportunity to get closer to the future government members but not likely to bring about genuine reconciliation. TNA leadership should have acted with confidence and lead the people from the front. Whatever the decision they make about the Presidential election they should explain their decision to the people. Tamil voters have placed enormous trust in the TNA and voted for them in the past, so they owe it to the people. Instead they seem to be ducking and diving. Different leaders give different signals. They are keen to postpone their decision as long as possible.

TNA should realise that they are at the crossroads of history. The political landscape of Sri Lanka is undergoing an incredible change. Whoever wins the election; a movement for change is born and it seems irreversible. There is a vibrant discussion taking place throughout the country. The vast number of people attending the opposition political rallies demonstrates that ordinary people are actively engaging in this debate. One can clearly see the coherent and conscious efforts of the Sinhala leaders of different political parties, despite their differences joining hands to expand the democratic space. On the contrary Tamil leadership acts like a winching child in the school playground continuously listing out its grievances but unable to articulate what they really want.

It is not too late for the TNA even today. The accusation that the TNA is pandering to the whims and fancies of the extremist separatist fringe in the Tamil polity and particularly to the extremist elements in the diaspora is not entirely true. The real issue seems to be that the TNA is unable to forcefully articulate the aspirations of the majority Tamils. It is a fact that the TNA is the political entity which is operating on the ground and was elected by the people. They have a crucial decision to make at this juncture. The options today are not complicated.

Confrontational posturing to maintain the Status quo:

TNA was formed just before the general election of 2001 and functioned as the political wing of the LTTE until 2009.  Subsequently the TNA has become the sole determining factor in the Tamil politics.  Until 2009, the role of the TNA was to maintain the confrontational posturing to justify the armed struggle of the LTTE. The people generally know that it was not a choice preferred by the TNA but the only option given by the LTTE. However, TNA has electorally benefitted by the role defined by the LTTE for them.

TNA’s official spokesman Mr Suresh Premachandran is making demands in the media such as the removal of the army from the North and East, resettlement of all the displaced people, devolution of police and land powers to the provinces and devolution beyond the 13th amendment. Of course Tamil people will not disagree. The question is what did Suresh and his TNA did to achieve this in the last thirteen years they have been in the driving seat of Tamil politics? This is what the ‘confrontational posturing’ approach is. The aim is not to seek a solution but to maintain the status quo. If politics is only about winning elections and few people enjoy the powers that brings with it, then this is precisely what they should do; posture and maintain the status quo.

On the other hand those who think that politics is a pursuit of greater ideals about serving the people and restoring the dignity of our people by enabling them to be an equal stake holder in the running of the country; there must certainly be an alternative approach. It is high time the TNA define itself the role they intend to play. Coming days will give an opportunity to the people to see which way the TNA is intending to go. This is the challenge facing the TNA today.

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    Shanthan Thamba –

    RE:Presidential Election And The Challenges Facing The Tamil National Alliance

    There are too many Tamil Madus and Muttals in the Tamil Community and in the TNA.

    They are forgetting the opportunity to retire Medamulana Mara..

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      Shanthan Thamba –

      (~~The TNA, claiming to be the premier political configuration of the Northern and Eastern Tamils is hesitant to actively engage in this process so far. There cannot be a back door deal; such deals may benefit those who use this opportunity to get closer to the future government members but not likely to bring about genuine reconciliation. TNA leadership should have acted with confidence and lead the people from the front. Whatever the decision they make about the Presidential election they should explain their decision to the people. Tamil voters have placed enormous trust in the TNA and voted for them in the past, so they owe it to the people. Instead they seem to be ducking and diving. Different leaders give different signals. They are keen to postpone their decision as long as possible.9~~
      ___

      Clearly you are what you are forgetting your gut feelings to caste a vote and hunting like a hyena.

      If one has to listen to the party or person before gut so be it. However, you need to trust yourself an ounce to understand to say `I love you` and place your trust in their wisdom than come up with morals in a cloak and dagger fabric.

      at times of trouble just let it be and move with your feelings that run deep in you unless you are fraudulent to self you cannot go wrong.- to thine own self be true thence thou canst not be false to any man.

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    The Tamils in the north,East should participate in voting and caste their vote to one of the two main candidates. They are aware of MR and his style of governance. Therefore obviously MS is the one who could get their majority support. MS may not promise anything or sign any MOU with the TNA but very likely to take different view and resolve all irritations the Tamils may have gradually without annoying the the majority community.

    It is better for Tamils to show their hand of friendship and look for ways to integrate
    Of course, Sinhalese should take lessons from Lord Buddha’s teaching and show their magnanimity by accommodating the Tamils and show no discrimination.
    I am sure time is ripe now to forgive and forget the past by both sides and move forward together and hope this election would set the trend for same.

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    Shanthan Thamba asks

    “The question is what did Suresh and his TNA did to achieve this in the last thirteen years they have been in the driving seat of Tamil politics?”

    Shanthan Thamba must be another stupid Tamil to raise another stupid question. TNA has not been in the driving seat for thirteen years, for most of the first eight years the party was driven by the LTTE and crashed an Mullivaaikkal. TNA is finding its feet or building its brand/identity albeit at slow pace.

    Is Shanthan Thamba an old EPRLF hand? If he was I have few questions for him.

    When EPRLF paramount leader Pathmanathan was killed by LTTE where were you? Was Premachandran with you?

    The last party to run the North East Provincial Council was EPRLF.The Council was established in 1988 and demerged in 2006. Varadhar fled to Hindia on an Hindian Navy boat. As a party man what was your contribution to the people of North East?

    Anton Balasingam described EPRLF as quisling, indeed the EPRLF became collaborators of IPKF. What did you do to stop the killings of Tamils by EPRLF and IPKF? For that matter what did you do to stop IPKF raping Tamil women?

    EPRLF should have got more for the people while collaborating with IPKF. Instead the people went through one of the most terrible period.

    If you are the same EPRLF Shanthan you should question yourself first.

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      Native Vedamahathaya

      Why don’t you limit your arguments on what Thamba has written.

      Why should he respond to your questions outside the theme?

      Who are you?

      What is your agenda?

      You write too much rubbish in the comment sections of CT and you think you are an almighty thinker.

      Why don’t you come to Mannar to have a good Karuwadu meal. Then your head will start to spin.

      Guys like you are curse to a decent Sri Lankan society.

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        Kaanja Karuwadu

        “Why don’t you limit your arguments on what Thamba has written.”

        No I can’t.

        Thamba needs to confess to EPRLF’s past, what his contribution was before, during and after IPKF days, was he part of IPKF/EPRLF grand plan, was he running Kangaroo courts in North East, did he account for the Indian cash injection into North East, was it his idea to force recruit innocent boys for Tamil National Army, did he ever try his best to stop IPKF/EPRLF/TNA atrocities, what did he do from 1990 to now?

        He has to confess, own up, and say sorry to the people of this island.

        All these graying former revolutionaries (including, Dayan, Somawansa…..) should account for their role in past atrocities and stupidity.

        These buggers should not be allowed to continue their business as usual.

        “Guys like you are curse to a decent Sri Lankan society.”

        If I am a curse I believe this island needs more people like me.

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          Naked Vedda

          If IPKF was allowed to function as a peace force, Sri Lanka would have been a better place to live.

          Curses like you prevented what IPKF wanted to finish off. You fed the LTTE to extend its dictate. IPKF was in the verge of liquidating the LTTE, when your masters revived them to cause more harm to Sri Lanka.

          It is time for your mentors to say sorry and bury their head in the sand.

          People like you standing [Edited out]

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            Kaanja Karuwadu (Dried Fish)

            You better move out of the way let Thamba explain, confess, own up, and say sorry to the people of this island.

            What did he do to stop combined atrocities of IPKF/EPRLF/TNA?

            Where was he when Padmanaba was assasinated?

            Is there an audited account for the monies that Hindians gave them?

            Was he there supervising EPRLF/IPKF ballot rigging during the first North East Provincial elections? How many boxes did he help to stuff ballot papers?

            Was Dayan with him?

            Find out it could be an interesting case study.

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              Naked Vedda

              Please ask your supreme leader Douglas Devananda. He will narrate you with step by step story.

              You play jingoistic politics in the modern High Way Mahinda MaRA era.

              Learn to eat fresh fish. Dry fish is salty and can make you diabetic but is mam mia succulent.

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                “~Learn to eat fresh fish. Dry fish is salty and can make you diabetic but is mam mia succulent.”~

                Pinnatu vaticha Karawala/Nethili (salt_fish (white shark/cod)
                impregnated with pinnatu)

                Gastronomy nutrition is not your preview.- Dietetics Sa.

                Bacalao just like Jamón serrano,

                The boneless, skinless salt fish. Both varieties taste the same. The difference lies in the amount of work that goes into the preparation – removing the bones and the skin. However, once the bone-in salt fish is given a good overnight soak in boiling hot water, removing the bones and skin is very easy work.
                Add the salt fish to a pot of hot tap water. Let the water cover the fish. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 25 minutes. Drain. Add a fresh batch of hot tap water. Cut up a whole lime or lemon into wedges and add to the pot and bring to a boil. Let boil for 20 minutes. Drain, and when cool enough to handle, remove the bones and skin (if using bone-in); proceed with the recipe as instructed for whatever dish you are planning to make.
                Cancer spread blocker/ preventer/.

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                Kaanja Karuwadu (Dried Fish)

                “Please ask your supreme leader Douglas Devananda. He will narrate you with step by step story.”

                Was Douglas part of the EPRLF quisling? Douglas had already left EPRLF in 1986.

                He was in remand custody in India for kidnapping a boy. He was brought to this island by former Defense Minister Ranjan Wijeratne.

                What are you talking about?

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            “”“Guys like you are curse to a decent Sri Lankan society.””

            Yakoo your ganja molle from mannar smelling of rotten pussy,

            What makes you think you are right little offshot??

            Maalu nadde?? Or have you lost the borrowed slip that you belch and fart at every turn fighting for oxygen.

            He has a clear point answer your sins before you get skinned with a steel water pipe which is the 21 st centenary trend. (Putin is too old and sulking to object and the Chinese love that practice in the cul de sac like Jeyaratnam got from LKY)

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    You know sometime silence will talk

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    The LTTE plundered many opportunities to find a political solution, hence, military action became inevitable against the LTTE. But this military operation should never have overstepped the law of the land and Geneva Convention. In naked violation of any law, over 40,000 innocent Tamil civilians were butchered, surrendered cadres were executed, hundreds Tamil women were sexually abused and hospitals were deliberately shelled and destroyed in the Vanni war by the Mahinda regime. Mahinda regime killed the highest number innocent Tamils than any other regime since the independence. Not single person has been punished for these heinous crimes to date. The same war criminal is now seeking the votes from the very people he massacred only 5 yrs ago.

    The only option for the Tamil should be a ‘protest vote.’ Every eligible Tamil, on this occasion, vote for the Mahinda’s enemy Maithri. This is what those thousands of civilians who were butchered by Mahinda expect from every Tamil voter.

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    A well written and timely article—TNA!—Are you listening?

    The TNA, to borrow some of the words from the author of the article, should instead of “acting like a winching child in the school playground continuously listing out its grievances but unable to articulate what exactly they want”, take this as a chance and the time to “restore the dignity of the people by enabling them to become an equal stake holder in the running of the country”.

    The choices for the TNA are very simple:

    (i) Let the status quo to continue by asking the Tamils to boycott the elections thereby helping the re-election of Mahinda Rajapakse or,

    (ii)For political expediency and to satisfy some Tamil hard-liners, make certain demands from the common candidate, Maithripala Srisena , thus providing the weapon to Mahinda Rajapakse for his campaign slogan that the election of Maithripala Srisena will only lead to the revival of the LTTE and separation; or,

    (iii) Be part of the “change” and negate the current “irrelevance” of the Tamil polity in the wider body politic of Sri Lanka by urging the Tamil voters that though the political needs and aspirations of the Tamils have not been addressed by either of the contenders, to support one who is for the abolition of Executive Presidency, against the abuse and arrogance of power, reinstatement and restoration of parliamentary democracy and democratic institutions, and against despotism and corruption in the broader national interest of Sri Lanka and that the Tamils are with the Sinhalese masses on this.

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      “~timely article—TNA!—Are you listening?”~~”

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha aaaa ha ho HO!

      It’s the dive rule of reciprocation to a long running fascist
      `sihala buddhist lethargy` (sarema buru bamuno bhikku) and deafness.

      By deafness TNA gains in one respect more than TNA loses;
      TNA misses more nonsense than sense.

      We can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can
      really do everything… except hear.

      USB3 (us before three tee time!)

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    The TNA will definitely make a decision soon. Most probably it will be similar to the JVP decision to defeat Rajapakse. So the choice before the people is obvious. For them to say ‘vote for Maithri’, what has he offered to the Tamils to solve the National Question? He says it shall be looked into ‘later’. That ‘later’ has been coming, coming since the days of the B-C pact! Tamils are still waiting for the dawn.

    Sengodan. M

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      “~The TNA will definitely make a decision soon.~”

      ha ha ha , what protected spices spoon feeding??

      Ceylonese always lead!

      Never follow fascist inward or across the straits.

      Just never make the difficulty of it an obstacle. I just do it.

      Don’t Think Just Do It!

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    Shanthan from the tone of your writing I gather that you are a KP follower and want to equate TNA to LTTE. Yes Tamils did not vote in the last Presidential election because Prabaharan took money from Rajapakse, it was not TNA, get it right and do not try to re-write the history. Guys like you are the downfall of the minority community. The issues Tamils are having in Sri Lanka is the same issue that all the Tamils, Muslims, and most Christians are having. We do not have a Tamil issue in Sri Lanka we have a minority issue. What TNA is doing is right, if TNA today comes out and supports Maithree then the Sinhala south will vote for Rajapakse. Read Sumanthiran’s article on soft power. Tamils and Muslims are going to vote for Maithree and the first thing Maithree has to do is to hand over KP to interpol.

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      “”first thing Maithree has to do is to hand over KP to interpol. “”

      I like that lovely lovely, then south block can jointly Modi Mooth Maro just like predecessor Moraji the inventor of janata Auto urine Therapy.

      Douchbags like for instance Abimanu, who sit on their hands and wash their backside with bare hands need the steel water pipe treatment to join Osama in his peaceful resting place- hoi ya hoi ya!

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    Native Vedda!

    You are the epitome of the one who “attacks the messenger just because he does not like the message”!

    And, you say, “the TNA has not been in the driving seat for thirteen years”!—and “Park” says “not to equate TNA to LTTE”!

    Were they not the elected representatives of the majority of the Tamils in all the past parliamentary elections? What do they have to show as achievement for the Tamils except to be the “nodders” and sycophants of the LTTE and only bent on ensuring their parliamentary seats by hook or crook with no principles or the long term interest of the Tamils? Did they do anything to stop the mayhem that LTTE caused which any right thinking Tamil knew was only waiting to happen, but it is a matter of time?. Were they not then the ‘proxy’ for the LTTE?. Therefore are they also not culpable of having aided and abetted in the disaster, degeneration, destruction and deaths of the Tamils?

    The monumental question is will they now at least mend their path and find ways and means to alleviate the plight of the Tamils instead of looking for short term gains of individual parliamentary seats and continuing with the worn off claim of “everything is wrong with others and nothing wrong with us” and “Nothing will ever be given to us by anyone”. Did the Tamils send them to the Parliament just to say it?

    Let them at least now grab the opportunity for a fresh start and path in Tamil politics and partake in the main stream politics and make positive contribution.

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      “You are the epitome of the one who “

      WoooHooo??

      Wash that borrowed ambude moron and stop sitting on ice cream.

      You need more than the english language to try and harp a spark.

      outlaw the law comes in numbers which is beyond your comprehension.

      Sri Sri Sri,

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      Abimanu

      “The monumental question is will they now at least mend their path and find ways and means to alleviate the plight of the Tamils”

      You should ask these questions from each of the party which profess to serve the people, including EPDP, EPRLF, ,,,,,,,

      Here is a positive news about Tamils mending their path:

      5 EPDP and 3 TNA Members Injured as “War”Erupts Between Both Parties at Jaffna District Development Coordinating Committee Meeting

      Posted by Administrator on 17 December 2014, 2:38 am

      By Ananth Palakidnar and Mirudhula Thambiah

      The Jaffna District Development Coordinating Committee meeting yesterday turned into a battle field in the presence of Chief Minister C.V.Wignesawaran when Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members crossed the floor to attack EPDP leader and Minister Douglas Devananda.

      Trouble sparked off when slain LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabakaran’s relative MK.Sivajilingam was on his feet arguing with Devananda. During the clash, five EPDP members and three TNA members were reportedly injured, reports from Jaffna said.

      Unable to bring the situation under control, Chief Minister Wigneswaran walked out of the meeting as members attempted to hurl chairs at each other.

      The Jaffna DDC meeting took place at the Jaffna District Secretariat with the participation of Jaffna Government Agent S. Arumainayagam and several other senior Government officials at the Jaffna Government Secretariat yesterday.

      From the beginning of the DDC meeting the TNA and the EPDP members were restless and they were verbally attacking each other when the meeting was in progress.

      Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran with Minister Devananda appealed to the participants to keep calm.

      Wigneswaran pointed out that when he was addressing, the EPDP members were quiet and listening carefully to what he spoke. Likewise, the Chief Minister appealed to the TNA members to remain calm when Minister Devananda addressed.

      However, the TNA members obstructed the speech made by Minister Devananda and some of the TNA members even got up from their seats and approached him in an aggressive manner.

      As the TNA members including Northern Provincial Council Minister of Agriculture P.Aiynkaranesan , NPC members K. Sarveswaran and M.K.Sivajilingam approached Minister Devananda. T

      he EPDP leader Devananda’s Coordinating Secretary A.Rajkumar attempted to stop the TNA members from approaching the Minister . But in the melee Rajkumar and several other EPDP members were injured.

      The TNA and EPDP members were also extensively using abusive language at each other forcing the Chief Minister to leave the DDC meeting.

      The Government officials who were present at the scene tried to calm down the members present at the DDC session.

      Following the unruly behaviour of the TNA and the EPDP members the meeting was postponed indefinitely.

      Meanwhile, at the Kilinochchi DDC meeting, a similar scenario erupted with abusive language being used on each other between the TNA and the EPDP members which resulted in Chief Minister Wigneswaran forced to walk out of the meeting.

      Courtesy:Ceylon Today
      http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/36280

      Whats the matter with you stupid Tamils?

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    All sensible readers,
    This primitive Veda person does not deserve any response from anybody. I have raised some relevant issues about the challenges facing the TNA in this write-up, people may or may not agree but this is intended to be a basis for a sensible dialogue about the role of the TNA in the Presidential election. This is a crucial issue so let us not deviate from the topic ‘the role of the Tamil leadership’ in the Presidential elections.
    However the personal abuse of this person who fears even to identify himself, suggests that he has something to hide or have a criminal background so let me take a minute to put his on going ranting in context and draw a line for the time being.

    CT is primarily a platform for a good number of the English speaking Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil intellectuals who are well meaning. The comments section is intended to generate a dialogue about the opinions expressed. People write in their names and express their views. Some under- developed, ignorant and (anonymous) people of very low self -esteem also use this platform to express their personality and slander others. These people are similar to the porn peddlers on the net. They don’t need a response but need corrective punishments and education about civil conduct.

    Insinuations, unsubstantiated lies, distortions of facts and a pathetic attempt on character assassination need only a legal response. Social media and website response pages are rapidly coming under scrutiny and regulatory frameworks are placed. It won’t be long before these pathetic creatures will be caught and brought to books for being a nuisance to civilised conduct of society.

    The sole purpose of these remarks is to continue to slander the EPRLF and distort the noble efforts made by them during that time. The fact is that the EPRLF did not engineer the creation of North East Provincial government but tried to salvage a situation created by the LTTE.

    Even today everyone agrees that EPRLF was pragmatic and had a vision to see the impending tragedy and tried its best to prevent it. The slander campaign of the EPRLF started by Premadasa- Poddu Amman cabal still continues by their prodigies. These are like the tell-tale dogs which always lift the hind leg, growl and run wherever it is hit by a stone. These characters will always slander the EPRLF without reason whatever the topic is discussed.

    Everyone who knows the facts and understands what the EPRLF led North Eastern provincial government attempted to do; is appreciative of EPRLF. I am immensely proud to be part of EPRLF and its noble ideals.

    Let us discuss the merits of EPRLF or any other political formations at the appropriate forum. Now we will discuss the questions that I have raised about the TNA’s stand regarding the Election.

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