Citizens’ Power wants TNA to be given Opp. Leader’s post

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should be given the Opposition Leader’s post in parliament today as a show of commitment to treating Tamil people as equal citizens of this country, Purawesi Balaya (Citizens’ Power), a civil society group said yesterday.

The group including Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Saman Rathnapriya, Joseph Stalin, K.W. Janaranjana and Inoka Sathyangani was addressing a press conference at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana yesterday.

Co-Convener of Purawasi Balaya, Attorney-at-Law K.W Janaranjana stressed that the representation of SLFP- led UPFA both in the national government and the opposition was antithetical to the grain of democracy.

He said the same party couldn’t hold diametrically opposing positions in the government and the opposition and, therefore, the TNA was the most suitable political party to hold the Opposition Leader’s post as it had 16 members in the new Parliament.

Janaranjana also noted that the National Government should fulfil the people’s expectations.

Dharmasiri Bandaranayake stressed that TNA was entitled to the post of Opposition Leader because all TNA members were well educated.

The UNP and the UPFA would form a National Government with a joint Cabinet of Ministers and therefore UPFA should publicly support all Government decisions, he said, adding that the UPFA had no right to hold the Opposition Leader’s post.

Bandaranayake said: "Why do we need to be scared of an international investigation into alleged war crime charges against Sri Lanka at the final stage of the country’s 30 years civil war? Let the world investigate the matter and if the charges are proved, the responsible persons should be punished."

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