Colombo, Nov 07 (BAN/ AD): On Wednesday Tamil National Alliance has declared that all parties in the alliance will support the Presidential Sajith Premadasa.
R. Sampanthan s TNA leader has issued statement with this regard. He said the two candidates Sajith Premadasa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are involved in governance and belong to political formations that have been in governance in recent times. He told all Tamil parties in the TNA have decided to support the NDF presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa without any conditions.
Following is the part of statement issued by the TNA:
Presidential Election – 16th November 2019
An Election for a President to be democratically elected for Sri Lanka is due to be held on 16th November 2019.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) as the party with the third largest number of seats in Parliament desires to state its position, in regard to the said election.
The Election is being contested by the candidate of the New Democratic Alliance – Mr. Sajith Premadasa, the candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the candidate of the National People?s Power, Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the candidate of the National People?s Party, General Mahesh Senanayake amongst several others.
The contest as of now appears to be primarily between the first two candidates referred to above.
The people expect the newly elected President to be genuinely committed to (1) Democracy, opposed to Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism, that could lead to dictatorial tendencies, (2) the protection and preservation of the independence of the different institutions of governance, the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary, the Services, in particular, the Public Service, the Police Service, and the Armed services and the different institutions in control of the said services, (3) Fundamental Rights and Human Rights and (4) Justice and Equality and committed to enabling all citizens irrespective of ethnicity or religion, to genuinely partake in Governance, both nationally and regionally leading to the creation of a united undivided and indivisible country in which all citizens, white preserving and protecting their specific identity, feel they are equals and that they belong to one country, just as much as the country belongs to all of them.
Assassinations and disappearances of Journalists, Civilian Citizens, Students, Human Rights Activists, Aid workers, even Members of Parliament, including two of our own Members of Parliament, Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham and Mr. N. Raviraj demonstrated the grave violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights. The white van syndrome is well remembered.
Taking all factors into account, particularly past performance on vital fronts and future performance based upon their respective Manifestos the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK} would urge all people, particularly the Tamil People whom it represents to vote for Mr. Sajith Premadasa, the New Democratic Alliance candidate contesting under the Swan symbol.
Hon. R Sampanthan