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Tamil leaders quit Rajapaksa camp

[Express Buzz, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:02 No Comment]

The Mahinda Rajapaksa camp suffered a dent on Wednesday when two Tamil leaders of Indian origin, Ceylon Workers Congress’s (CWC) national organiser R Yogarajan, and deputy minister and CWC member M Satchithananthan, resolved to support Gen Sarath Fonseka in the Sri Lankan Presidential election to be held on January 26.

Yogarajan said he had decided to join the Opposition United National Party and support its Presidential candidate, Fonseka, because the Rajapaksa government had drastically scaled down funds for the development of the infrastructure of plantations, where most Tamils of Indian origin lived and worked.

The Nation Building Ministry, under the control of the President’s brother, Basil Rajapaksa, had taken over most of the infrastructure development work.

The government had also abolished the Hindu, Christian and Muslim religious affairs ministries, he pointed out.

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