Using the Lakshman Kadirgamar land acquisition case to highlight the ongoing Government land grab in the north, the Tamil National Alliance brought the issue up before Parliament yesterday.
TNA Leader R. Sampanthan slammed the Government’s ongoing forcible acquisition of land belonging to Northern Tamils, claiming it was part of a greater design to alter the demographic in the predominantly Tamil area.
According to the TNA Leader, the Government was forcibly keeping some 25,000 rightful owners of 6381 acres of land in Valikamam in the Northern Province. Many of them have now sought legal action against these moves by the Government, Sampanthan said.
“Even the late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s son is one of the petitioners filing action against the forceful acquisition of his private property,” he told the House.
Sampanthan said that four years after the war ended, high security zones still remain in the Jaffna peninsular. “Many Northern families are unable to return to their land and resettle because of this involvement by the Government,” he claimed.
The TNA Leader said the move indicated a greater design to alter the cultural and linguistic identity of the North and East and to change the demographic composition.
“It points to the Government pursuing a secret agenda, that would ensure that there is no need for a political resolution to the ethnic struggle that will lead to genuine reconciliation,” the TNA Leader told Parliament.
The TNA’s decision to raise the adjournment motion on the Northern land struggles resulted in Parliament being suspended for about 15 minutes after objections were raised by UPFA MP A.H.M. Azwer. A Party Leaders’ meeting was then summoned to decide on the issue. Sampanthan was then permitted to take up the issue after he agreed to leave names and details pertaining to ongoing cases against land acquisition out of his remarks before the House.