Sampanthan announces decision to back Sirisena in SL presidential elections

Despite strong opposition from various sections of Eezham Tamils against giving explicit support to any of the two main contestants in the upcoming Sri Lankan presidential elections, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader R. Sampanthan has decided to support the Opposition Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena. Mr Sampanthan announced the stance of the TNA Tuesday morning at a media briefing held at Hotel Jananaki in Colombo. Mr Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran have been blamed for striking a clandestine deal with Chandrika Kumaratunga on backing Maithiripala Sirisena.

A few personalities claiming to represent the so-called majority view have imposed their decision as TNA decision on the Tamil people. “The political parties comprising the TNA have failed to learn the views of the Tamil people. Instead, they have only sought to manipulate the views before announcing their pre-determined decision,” a TNA source told TamilNet.

TNA Parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, M.A.Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Sivasakthi Ananthan were seen with Mr.R.Sampanthan in the head table.

“Tamil people should realise that this group is trying to transform the nation of Eezham Tamils into a minority in the genocidal Sri Lanka,” political observers in Jaffna said adding that some members of this group have already been promised with ministerial portfolios by Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Both the opposition candidates Sirisena and the incumbent SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa are opposed to international investigations and a federal solution to the national question.

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