4 December, 2020

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The TNA Has Failed In Its Duty To The Tamils

By V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree

The time has now come for the Tamils of Sri Lanka including those living abroad to wake up from their deep slumber to safeguard their rights and privileges that are eroding fast, due to mishandling and wrong approach of those who had undertaken to do so. It has lasted several years now with hardly any progress made. The curse of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka is that we have too many leaders who champion the cause of the Tamils but have no courage to check their members, making damaging statements detrimental to the Tamil cause. The number of such leaders keep on increasing, under the pretext of giving better leadership than those who are already in the field with such promises and accusing all others as traitors.

I had been living in this country for 83 years, 14 years of which was under foreign rule and the balance period of 69 years in Independent Sri Lanka which gained its Independence in Feb 1947, from the British. Many may not agree with me if I say that life was much better during the last lap of the foreign rule, in comparison with the present day in many ways, if not in all matters. Some may say that I am unpatriotic but with pride I say that I am patriotic as much as any other person will claim.

The Tamils have numerous problems. So with the Muslims too. The Federal solution will be the best for the country. There is no doubt about it. The first person to say this was the late Hon. S.W.R.D Bandaranaike a Sinhalese leader, long before Independence, followed by the Kandiyan Sinhalese leaders in their evidence before the Soulbury commission that recommended Independence for Sri Lanka from the British rule. The next Sinhalese leader who claimed Federal solution as the best was Ex.President Hon. J.R. Jeyewardena. Unfortunately he said this only at the time of his retirement, although he had four fifth majority in Parliament when he was in power. Another Ex President Hon. Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga was the next Sinhala leader who supported the Federal solution as the best for Sri Lanka. It was Ex. President Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was Prime Minister proposed a Federal solution at a convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Perhaps the last in this list of Sinhala leaders so far is Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe who offered Federalism as a solution to the ethnic problem, as the Presidential candidate at the Presidential Election held in 2005 while contesting with Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa. Why are the Sinhalese now violently opposing it? Our leaders should take the blame for this.

I am giving all these details to enable everyone in Sri Lanka to refresh their memories. A golden opportunity that came on our way was missed due to the failure of the TNA which went all out campaigning for the boycott of the Presidential Election by the Tamil voters. Inspite of these obstacles, while Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe polled 48.43 % and lost the Election, Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa polled 50.29 % of the votes and won the Presidential Election by a majority of only 1,80,786 votes. If the TNA had remained silent without campaigning for the boycott of the election by the Tamils, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinge would have got a mandate for a Federal solution. If the Tamils were not prevented by the TNA from voting for Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, he might have won the Presidential election by even two third majority. The TNA which misled the Tamils at the election should have honorably quit Parliament enblock in 2005. We should not forget that the left Parties under normal circumstances support the Federal solution. In this case, if the left votes that Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa got are taken as votes cast in support of a Federal solution and added to the votes obtained by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, who offered a Federal solution, can be construed as the country had given a clear mandate for the Federal solution.

I am not trying to confuse anybody. In my anxiety to find a solution to the ethnic problem which is the main obstruction to the progress of the country. I am exploring all possibilities of finding a conscientious solution. The Indian pattern of devolution seems to be acceptable to all sections of the people of Sri Lanka. Everyone wants a solution early.

I am strongly of the view that the JVP too can be persuaded to accept the Indian pattern of devolution in the larger interest of the country and to achieve much desired Peace. India with 25 states within do not talk about separation. They also do not bother whether it is a Federal state or a unitary state. They have reached Unity in Diversity, a lesson we Sri Lankans, should take from India. The International Community including India had repeatedly declared that they will not support separation. The concerns of India, our big neighbor, cannot be ignored and the LTTE too should take serious note of it.

The ethnic problem is now fifty years old. The problem that started with the passage of Sinhala Only Act of 1956, could have been solved if the Banda-Chelva Pact had been implemented. Ten years later Dudley-Chelva Pact could have solved it if implemented. The proposal of President Chandrika Kumarathunga, of 1996 could have solved it, if due co-operation was given. For the first time in the history of the ethnic problem “Federalism” had been offered as a solution to the ethnic problem. If we clear the little hurdle we will have the support of the entire country with hardly any opposition to solve the problem on the Indian pattern.

We should take the blame for the change of attitude of the Sinhalese people. All what are said here reflects the situation that prevailed a few years before the change of government on 08th January 2015. A lot of things took place more behind the scene than openly. What happened behind the scene will not be acceptable to the TULF which strongly believes the changes that took place did not give way for Good Governance. Instead deprived certain political parties of their free existence. The entire world knew the roll the TULF played in the political arena and its contributions for the promotion of democratic principles. The TULF was not routed at an election held democratically.

The general election held in 2004 was the most undemocratic election ever held in Sri Lanka at which all activities of the political parties contesting were completely curtailed to enable the TNA alone to win all the 22 seats including the two national list seats. As a result no democratic party could ever raise its head in the Tamil areas. This is possible because of the undue importance the government is giving to the TNA. There was no justification at all to accommodate the leader of the TNA in the National Executive Council which was more powerful than the cabinet. This had given undue strength to the TNA, very detrimental to other political parties. As a result the TNA is enjoying power without doing anything for the Tamil people. The Tamils have started feeling that the activities of the Good Governance has not done any good to the Tamils. Hence the TULF demands that the leader of the TNA should resign his seat in Parliament.

The TNA is very much aware that under the present circumstances merger of the North and the East and a Federal solution are not possible immediately. Although the people were in a mood irrespective of their ethnicity to support a Federal solution at that time when Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe offered it at the 2005 Presidential election, today the situation has completely changed. The main reason is the unwanted statements made by TNA members off and on, which had created a certain amount of suspicion about the TNA’s real motive. It is very unfortunate that the leadership of the TNA has no control over its members. Till the suspicion created in the minds of the Sinhalese people is completely erased off, it will be difficult to achieve anything. It is now very clear that if the TNA is allowed to continue like this they will never solve our problems for which the first requirement is that their members should not talk out of turn and also think and act cautiously. Under the present circumstances the only option the TNA has is to demand from its leader to quit Parliament, since the members belonging to the other three constituent partners of the TNA are seldom consulted before a decision is taken on behalf of the TNA.

*V. Anandasangaree – Secretary General-TULF

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    The TNA Has Failed In Its Duty To The Tamils? Maybe but for sure you have failed in your duty to humanity! The voters rejected you at the last election and no political party trusts you nor takes you seriously. Its time you realise and accept that you are not taken seriously by anyone and retire to an old peoples home to enjoy the rest of your days.

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      AS belongs to the dustbin of history. He is not the only one, there are others, too.

      Many times over Tamil electorates rejected this yesterman and he unashamedly doesn’t take no for an answer. He once went to South Africa with his pal Douglas Devananda who in many ways including alleged criminal activities is much worse than the former to canvass for Mahinda Rajapakse. Now we all know what MR did to poor masses in general and specially to Tamils. He belongs to the dustbin of history, ‘he’ stands for any one of the individuals mentioned in the paragraph.

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        Saro

        LTTE’s Thamilchelvan’s father was Anandasangaree’s family barber. He knelt and gave a grand salute to Thamilchelvan when he met him in Vanni.

        This man is unable to retire peacefully. He is symbolism of hate driven northern Tamils.

        The chap Rajash writing in these columns must the breed of Anandasangari.

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          CT
          For your attention:
          “LTTE’s Thamilchelvan’s father was Anandasangaree’s family barber. He knelt and gave a grand salute to Thamilchelvan when he met him in Vanni.”

          Let alone the bad wording, do you like to encourage such disparaging remarks about people? The Tamils are not a very healthy society when it comes to caste, class and gender.
          Kindly discourage offensive reference to class, caste and gender

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          K Sundaram

          is your Tamil diaspora organisations fighting for a so call Tamil Nation “Eelam” for all Tamil people including barbers, nallavans, pariyans, karaiyars or for a selected elites like you and DBS?

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          My barber up my high street is very proud of his profession.

          He and his fellow professionals all over the country provide day to day hair dressing as well as for special occasions like wedding etc..

          …and you know what, their customers do not hesitate to kneel and give a grand salute, as these barbers make these guys feel good.

          by the way who is your barber? DBS?

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            or are you the family barber for DBS family?

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            sekara & Rajash

            I am a proud man and a human. A proud Sri Lankan. A proud Tamil. A proud Koviyan. A proud man coming up in life from the very basics in life.

            If barber is a disparaging title, then Tamil too is and classifying you under any other branded names.

            You both are bloody bankrupt mindsets, nothing better to do in life.

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              Dear Sundaram
              I am sorry if I have hurt you.
              But I think that reference to anybody’s caste in public discussion is unethical. I have always objected to reference to caste on these pages, and I do not want to list the caste names used.

              It was the way your story was presented that emphasised caste-class station.

              You are a proud man, and I am glad to learn that. It will do you more honour if you are sensitive to the pride of others as well.

              I do not approve the comments in the name of Rajash. They are not in good taste.

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                sekara

                Don’t carry too much baggage with you. You are what you are and you should be proud of it.

                When Thamilchelvan had acclaimed a higher status to shake hands with Anandasangaree it is a welcome news. You must feel sorry for Anandasangaree than THamilchelvan.

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                  Thanks.
                  As I said earlier, the phrasing did not come out in the nice way you put it here.
                  Sorry about any hard feeling.

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                    Sekara

                    you are kneeling down and giving a grand salute to K Sundaram

                    by the way K Sundram – how can one kneel down and give a grand salute ?

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                Sekara “I do not approve the comments in the name of Rajash.

                They are not in good taste. “

                I am not from Kovian caste so not good at cooking tasty food

                you need a good drink man to stand up to K sundraam.
                I can tap some fresh kallu (toddy) for you.

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                  I objected to the reference to caste in the way it was made. I was happy with his clarification.
                  I will apologize to any if I cause personal offence.
                  You are continuing in the same vein and going into caste. (Is it the pride of the Tamil race?). I find it to be in bad taste even if initially provoked by KS’s earlier remark.

                  What one says of others speaks more of the one.

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              Sundaram K

              Please let us have one reason as to why you are proud of being Sri Lankan, Tamil, Koviyan, ………… even a human.

              “If barber is a disparaging title, then Tamil too is and classifying you under any other branded names.”

              Why is it disparaging to call oneself Tamil, Sinhalese,Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, …… Veddah?

              If you have no answer please forget it.

              By the way does Kovian possess four b***s instead of the usual two?

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      It is true that many Sinhalese leaders offered Federal solution or similar devolution solutions when there was something they needed from Tamil political leadership but it is the same leadership who threw away up those proposals or even agreements they signed with Tamil leadership. It is a game plan that Sinhalese leadership doing for nearly six decades. They pretend like giving but in real they continue to take away more rights and another game plan is going on to cheat Tamils.

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        That’s right Ajith, that’s right. I have been repeatedly saying that back room horse deals with Sinhala politicians before elections is NOT the way forward for dealing with a ‘National Problem’. OBVIOUSLY it is a game plan to get the Tamil votes, how can you people be so blind? These crooks are promising the Tamils things which they are NOT empowered to deliver. Prabakaran was from his own perspective right in principle to keep away from elections in the South.

        Soma

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          somaass

          “These crooks are promising the Tamils things which they are NOT empowered to deliver.”

          Those same crooks have been committing crime against humanity and war crime (since 5th April 1971), looting the treasury, and cheating the people since mid 1950s, why should anyone bother?

          However you too have been carrying MR’s b***s for quite sometime and have had no audacity nor honesty to question the clan.

          Crocodiles do shed tears.

          Trust me you will have your Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto sooner than you expect.

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          Soma,

          Tamils votes are always in one direction but Sinhalese votes are divided between opportunistic UNP and Opportunistic SLFP. They play the game and they kill tamils to convince Sinhalese voters and spread lies about Tamils. This is going for 69 years.

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    Modaputha

    “Maybe but for sure you have failed in your duty to humanity!”

    He failed to receive a single reply from VP and MR to his numerous letters to them.

    He should have gracefully retired from politics/public life 20 years ago. Poor man why does he want to humiliate himself is anybody’s guess.

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      Bro u mean single shot from our leader….u spot on. this oldie need complete rest or rip.

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        Jamis Muthu Banda, the Tamil speaking Sinhalam

        Where you been all these days?

        “Bro u mean single shot from our leader”

        Perhaps a chop on the forehead or a hot iron rod through his posterior.

  • 11
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    VA. All Tamil Political parties since independence have Failed In their Duty To The Tamils, including yours.

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    Why have Tamils failed?
    Because Vellala political project was taken by the rest of the tamils as a tamil political project.

    Since when Tamils have this so called problem? 56?
    No Tamils have this problem since 1920-30s..exactly when Vellala class feared they are losing their grip on power. Eelam demand came way back in 1920s and separatist politics had already started before that.

    With a federal solution, will Tamils problems be solved?
    NO. How does a federal solution solve problems of tamils in south? Does not that sound nonsense?

    With a federal solution will Muslims’ problems be solved?
    NO. Unlike Tamils, Muslims are spread all over the country. How does they benefit from a federal?

    Will North and East merge?
    Muslims must be mad to give up a CM position in east and chose to play a second role to Jaffna Vellalas..

    Are Tamils in East suffering?
    Yes. Because they go after Vellala politicians in Jaffna. When Muslim politicians in east become a part of every government, the TNA these tamils vote for stay out and become trouble makers. So the Muslims benefit from that alliance. At least now, do Tamils in East get it?

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      Do you even know what is Velala means ?

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        It is the highest caste among Sudras who came to SL

  • 9
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    You claim to be 83 years of age.Why didn’t you retire when you reached 65( like others in employment) and hand over power to a younger leader?

    Same applies to the TNA leader!

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    The people show their stupidity by electing politicians who are not worthy of representing them in parliament. It is the fault of the people partially and partially the hypocracy of the politicians. They have a twisted tongue so that the people are being confused in electing the correct person to represent them in parliament. An example has to be mentioned here about SJV. He had an extensive land adjoining the cemetery at Tellippalai , his residential village. As he could not sell it he used influence to move the hospital at KKS to his land at Tellipallai. KKS is a more suitable place for a hospital than Tellipallai. Politicians are not trustworthy. The TNA has miserably failed the Tamil people. Sambanthan, sumanthiran and Mavai are traitors to the Tamil cause. They have no place in politics in the future .

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      The KKS site of the hospital became perpetually polluted due to the smoke and dust that covered the region including palmyra trees, residences of people, wells in the vicinity of the cement factory due to ash fall emanating from the factory. The people responsible for siting the factory did not properly address that problem then.
      That was the real reason for moving the KKS hospital to Tellipalai.
      Those who come from there know that.
      Those who ignore facts and come out with absurdities are all screwed up with their fantasy notions.
      Nothing can be done about that.

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        I am inclined to agree with Uthungan.
        However, at the time the cement plant was installed around 1950, there was not much environmental awareness.
        There are ways to capture dust and particulates (using things like centrifuges and electrostatic precipitators).
        I thought that centrifuges were installed in kilns; but whether they were maintained well is another matter.

        Also it will be fair to give the dates of events so that people can have a true picture.

  • 2
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    VA is like the dog barking at the squirrel which ran up the tree.
    He was a former “would-be” leader, thrown out by the electorate.

    The TNA is trying hard to obtain justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka.
    He should support their efforts.

  • 4
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    Mr. V. Anandasangaree:

    Even in your old age, your desire is to manipulate and exploit voters and everybidy inckluding the CT leadership.

    You know you live a fradulent life by exploiting poor peopl.

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      And BBS is not exploiting Budhusts ? Hhmm

      TNA is not involved in FCID unlike other parties. This shows who is exploiting people

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    Mr Anandasangaree,

    In your numerous letters you advocate Indian pattern of devolution as a viable solution to the ethnic problem.had you gone through the 13A you would have realized that 13A is a carbon copy of the provisions in the Indian constitution.

    What is lacking in the 13A unlike Indian constitution is due to Provincial Council Act No 42 of 1987.

    It provides additional powers to the Governor on statue making administration and finance. But Provincial Council Act No 42 is only an act of Parliament that could be amended by a simple majority in parliament.

    Hence the requirement is not to go for a federal constitution with cumbersome procedures or not to meddle with 13A, but to amend the Provincial Council Act with a simple majority. It is so simple

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    Devolution of power is practiced successfully in USA, many counties in Europe, India and so on. Only Buddhist chauvinists of this island want to drag their country down by refusing to share power.

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    No faking Tamil issue can or should be allowed to overtake the aspirations and self determination of Sri Lankans.

    Any ‘tamil’ leader who does not think out of the box and aspire to become a leader for all the Sri Lankans… will be just hoodwinking the Tamil people… but we Sri Lankans have no complaints about it…

    Join MotherLanka team or get lost in $hitnadu.

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      PUKay mile

      “Join MotherLanka team or get lost in $hitnadu.”

      You mean the land of Kallthonies, crooks, corrupt, drug peddlers, murderers, war criminals, child rapists, ……….

      If you went back to your ancestral homeland in South India we would not waste our time urging you to do so in our every comment.

      However say hello to your fellow racists Johnny English, somass, lal loo, Ramu, ………

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        We are marching forward “naive” vedda… marching forward… not pausing to delve in the past. You do that. Who the fake in this time history wants to revert to the past?

        Fortunately, once bitten twice shy, we will never again allow any Tamil Terrorist Diaspora parasite to stop our progress.

        Clearly, there can be only proud nation in Sri Lanka. Don’t hoodwink gullible Tamil speaking Sri Lankans and some NGO vultures trying create chaos and control our nation. You will FAIL!

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          PUKay mile

          “We are marching forward “naive” vedda… marching forward… not pausing to delve in the past.”

          Keep marching, you will get back to your ancestral homeland South India.

          Keep marching don’t look back, you will end up in bay of Bengal, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Indian Ocean, or Arabian Gulf.

          Take enough life jackets with you.

  • 2
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    V. Anandasangaree again! Man this guy is like a dirty penny you cannot even lose it. How many times has he got to lose and be rejected by the Tamils before he goes away.
    I don’t think even his son an MP in Canada gives two hoots about him so what makes him think that the Tamils in general care what he has to say. He can sure join Karuna. :)

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    What are the problems faced by Tamils not faced by other communities?
    Can someone enlighten us please?

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      the tamil vellalas enjoyed minority rule over majority when brits were there and now they want it back..

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      [What are the problems faced by Tamils not faced by other communities? Can someone enlighten us please? ]

      Let me explain, my friend.

      Since the donkey’s age, these Tamil parasites have a belief, passed from generation to generation, that when you keep telling a lie 69 billion times, there will a good number of idiots who will believe it as the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They also know that there are numerous foreign opportunists who will use such windows of opportunity to land in our country and “create” more divisions and havoc, finally internationalizing a non existing “problem”.

      That’s why these Tamil Terrorist diaspora parasites by default ALWAYS, repeat ALWAYS, fall at the feet of the Indians, the Brits and the Yankees, begging them to intervene.

      Only if they knew the cards Sri Lankans have… to counter such threats…

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    Mr Anandasangaree,

    I do not wish to intrude on your tribal grief. However, it seems from the many back-handed tributes that your article has evoked, your best days are long gone. Better to slip away to a graceful retirement, sipping that wonderful northern toddy, gaze wistfully at the blue skies, and the bluer sea, and writing your memoirs, long and eventful. Your last duty to allow future generations to learn the mistakes they need to avoid as they go about building their future.

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    It is a waste of time to respond to Anandasangaree’s rantings and ravings. He is a totally frustrated individual. He almost voted in favour of the 1972 constitution. Sitting with the SLFP MPs and Ministers he was tormenting the Federal Party MPs and its leader S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the Constitutional Assembly. It was under fortuitous circumstances that he became the President of TULF when M.Sivasithamparam passed away.

    Anandasangaree cannot claim credit for advocating federalism. The TNA stands for a federal structure that will confer autonomy to the Northeast (historical habitat) within a united Ceylon. Anandasangaree wants the TNA leader to resign. That is an insult to the people who voted for him and the TNA. Like the proverbial fox which lost its tail and then told the other foxes that they too will look beautiful if they also cut their tails, he wants TNA leader to resign. Today, the TULF at best is a one man’s party and virtually non-existent. It lost all the elections held from 2004, 2010, 2013 (PC elections) and 2015. His party not only lost the elections, it lost deposits as well. As someone commented he went to South Africa with another political leper Douglas Devananda to do propaganda for Mahinda Rajapaksa! That speaks volumes about his dubious character.

    It is said that Anandasangaree is staying in government quarters and drawing fuel allowance long after he lost his seat at the 2004 parliamentary elections? He also pocketed the proceeds from the sale of two properties amounting to two crores in Jaffna belonging to the original TULF? He is at best seen as a court jester providing entertainment to CT readers.

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    sekera.

    Sorry about any hard feeling[?].
    The phrasing is not quite nice either!

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    How canu talk about a federal solution when a large percentage of Tamils live in the western province u wold have to attach wp to np. Is barber a caste?

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      Ask one man TULF Sangaree where he spends most of his time if he is not otherwise engaged in letter writing.
      If he says’ Kilinochi’,he is a big liar.
      He is mostly in Colombo with every one who he considers powerful at a point of time.
      It was not very long ago that he was seen seated and shaking hand with S..B. Dissanayake with Ranil W in the middle of them.
      The pic appears in a Sunday Leader paper of that era.
      That is Sangaree for you.

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