Joint TNA May Day Rally - An expression of TNA cooperating with major political parties
Holding a Joint Opposition May Day Rally in Jaffna signifies that TNA is not opposed in cooperating with the major political parties in the country, said TNA Leader R. Sampanthan.
When asked about the UN Human Rights Council Resolution and TNA’s position, Sampanthan said "I don’t want to say anything about it. It is the Government that has to say what it wants to do about it. Once the Government makes its position clear, then we can react to that."
Asian Tribune pointed out that the two political parties from the Tamil Nadu have withdrawn from the Indian Parliamentary delegation that has arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday and asked whether TNA is still interested in meeting them?
The TNA leader Sampanthan said, "There is no issue in meeting Indian Parliamentarian delegation before the withdrawal or after the withdrawal. In terms of the program arranged, we will be meeting with them. They are members of the Indian Lok Sabah and Indian Rajya Sabah. They have expressed their desire to meet with us through their High Commission in Colombo and we have a duty to meet them and we will meet them."
Given below the excerpts of the interview Asian Tribune had with R.Sampanthan M.P., the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance.
Asian Tribune: Why are you joining with the UNP and proposing to have a joint May Day Rally in Jaffna?
R.Sampanthan M.P. : The proposed May Day Rally in Jaffna is not only with the UNP, but also with Mano Ganesan’s Party, Dr. Vikramabahu Karunaratne’s Party and Socialist Equality Party of Sirithunga Jayasuriya - all those are socialist Parties and they have come forward to have a May Day Rally in Jaffna and they asked us to participate in a joint opposition rally. We are in the opposition and we are not with the Government and we didn’t see any objection to it. What I am trying to say is that we are not opposed to cooperating with the major political parties in the country.
Asian Tribune: You haven’t said anything about the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution sponsored by USA and adopted at the 19th session in Geneva?
R.Sampanthan M.P.: What is there to say about it and the resolution has been passed. We will wait and see what happens.
Asian Tribune: What is your position on that resolution?
R. Sampanthan M.P.: It is not up to me to say anything about it. It is the Government that has to say about.
Asian Tribune: Your Party’s position?
R. Sampanthan M.P.: I don’t want to say anything about it. It is the Government that has to say what it wants to do about it. Once the Government makes its position clear then we can react to that.
Asian Tribune: About the visit of this Indian Members of Parliament led Smt Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the opposition in the Indian Lok Sabah?
R. Sampanthan M.P. : They have already come I think and I hope that they will benefit from the visit.
Asian Tribune: The two major Tamil Political parties have withdrawn their representatives from the delegation?
R. Sampanthan M.P.: They have reasons for it and they have mentioned their reasons.
Asian Tribune: In this circumstance are you – the TNA meeting this delegation?
R. Sampanthan M.P.: There is no issue for us in meeting the Indian Parliamentarians delegation before the withdrawal or after the withdrawal. In terms of the program arranged we will be meeting them. They are members of the Indian Lok Sabah and Indian Rajya Sabah. They have expressed their desire to meet with us through their High Commission in Colombo and we have a duty to meet them and we will meet them.
Asian Tribune: One more thing, some of your Party MPs are making statement. Even Sritharan MP has made a statement to say that "In Mullivaikkal lies corpse of several thousand Tamils."
R. Sampanthan M.P. : Pardon me
Asian Tribune: The TNA MP Sritharan is in India and he has made statement in a Forum he participated in Madurai that in Mullivaikkal there are corpse of several thousand Tamils. He is from Kilinochchi and he must be knowing better. I don’t know whether he visited Mullaitivu to make such a statement?
R. Sampanthan M.P.: I don’t know. I haven’t met him recently. I will ask him about that. I don’t want to comment about it because I have not seen it myself.
Asian Tribune: I wish to know whether TNA delegation went to Mullaitivu on an investigation tour and also to other places where the final battle between Sri Lanka Security Forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had a telling effect?
R. Sampanthan M.P. : We went to Mullaitivu once and we went around, but I don’t know whether we went to Mullivaikkal. It has been a restricted area and I am not in a position to comment on what Sritharan has said. I will definitely ask him when I meet him next.
- Asian Tribune –