Premadasa's commitment to uniting all the people and the country and taking forward the country towards progress and prosperity’ deserves ‘favourable consideration.”November 7, 2019
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is saying that it has decided to support New Democratic Front presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa because of his “commitment to uniting all the people and the country.”
The TNA had already declared its support to Premadasa but gave their reasons today.
Releasing a press statement, dated today Nov 6, and signed by R. Sambanthan, leader of the TNA, Mavai Senathirajah, leader of the Illankai Thamil Arasu Katch (ITAK), Selvam Adaikkalanathan, leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and Dharmalingam Siddarthan, leader of the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), the Alliance lays down the reasoning behind their collective decision.
The TNA says the people expect the new 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, while 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 them.”
Pointing out that the presidential race is now between two main candidates, the DNF’s Sajith Premadasa and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa the release states the TNA had studied their manifestos to understand their policies and commitment to democracy. The TNA has also considered the past performance of governance and the political formations of the two candidates and the parties they represent, before arriving at a decision.
The TNA points out that Premadasa has reiterated his “commitment to uniting all the people and the country and taking forward the country towards progress and prosperity’ and therefore deserves ‘favourable consideration.”
The release adds that the new president must, as a matter of urgency work towards a political solution to the national question “within a united, undivided and indivisible country,’ and resolve issues such as missing persons, release of lands, persons in custody, resettlement and rehabilitation and fulfilling the domestic and international commitments, in the interest of not only the Tamil People but also the interest of the whole country and all the people.’