By November 9, 20180 CommentsReport

TNA Must Seize This Golden Opportunity

THE PROBLEMS OF THE TAMILS WILL NEVER BE SOLVED BY ANY SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT UNLESS AND UNTIL UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENE AND ENFORCE AN ACCEPTABLE PERMANENT AND GUARANTEED POLITICAL  SETTLEMENT.

By Kumarathasan Rasingam –

Kumarathasan Rasingam

The current volatile political situation is unprecedented in the political history of Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the world when a country is having two Prime Ministers, one elected by the Parliamentary majority, the other handpicked by a misguided President who has breached the constitutional obligations illegally by sacking the elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, when the power of the President for the removal of the Prime Minister was abolished in the 19th Amendment.

Tamil National Alliance Party [TNA] with 16 MPs holds the trump card when the rival Prime Ministers wage their battles in the Parliament to obtain the confidence of the majority of members of Parliament as required in Section 42 [A] . Out of 225 Members in the Parliament of 113 members is needed to win the vote of confidence to legitimize the Prime Minister.

In this unclear and uncertain situation, it is prudent and advisable for the Tamil National Alliance Party to stay and stand neutral without supporting any party, United National Party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party or UPFA party. TNA being the sole representatives of the Tamils have to give priority to the causes of Tamils rather than propping up any party in the south who as usual will treat the TNA like curry leaves, as happened in the past from 1948.

 It is not necessary to dwell on the past history of betrayals, pogroms, genocidal killings, abductions, rapes and torture executed by the South Sinhalese major parties. The unassailable fact and truth is no Sinhala Government will meet the grievances and political demands of the Tamils. It is not once bitten and twice shy but bitten several times with no remorse. Tamil National Alliance {TNA] should take a neutral stand and allow the Sinhalese parties to fight it out among themselves to obtain the seats of power. Ultimately one can be sure that one will emerge victorious in the tussle, but without comfortable majority to continue ruling the remaining tenure of Parliament which ends in September 2020, unless the Parliament is dissolved after four and a half years in October 2019.

Tamil National Alliance by staying neutral can use their parliamentary strength as a bargaining chip and put forward the demands of Tamils, as well as calling for the fulfillment of several promises made by the Sinhalese leaders, like release of lands, prisoners etc. Tamil National Alliance can hold the whip-hand and threat of defeating the ruling party with the backing of the opposition party if their demands are not met.

Tamil National Alliance Party and Tamils have nothing to lose but at least they can use this opportunity to show the strength to the attention of the International Community.

However the other and only right and just alternative is to stay neutral and work out an agenda of mobilizing mass protests and rallies demanding the Tamils right of self-determination through a referendum among the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka to decide their own destiny.

Tamil National Alliance ‘s performance for the alleviation of the sufferings of Tamils and their fight to achieve their basic demands of Tamils such as merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Federal system of government, international investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity along with several other demands is more than zero. But the Tamil National Alliance leader and members are enjoying their lives with the salaries, perks, privileges etc. doled out by the Government .Crying foul and hoarse now against the President Maithiripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa is nothing but only crocodile tears exhibiting the highest levels of treachery, deception and sell out of the victimized Tamils.

 It does not make any difference for the Tamils whether they are ruled by Rama or Ravana or by a legally constituted Government or illegally constituted Government.

THE PROBLEMS OF THE TAMILS WILL NEVER BE SOLVED BY ANY SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT UNLESS AND UNTIL UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENE AND ENFORCE AN ACCEPTABLE PERMANENT AND GUARANTEED POLITICAL  SETTLEMENT.


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