Sampanthan calls for unity during event attended by Wigneswaran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan today called for unity among the Tamils, during an event attended by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran.

Sampanthan said that if the Tamils are to achieve a political solution the Tamils must stand together.

Sampanthan was speaking at an event held in Jaffna to launch of book containing Wigneswaran’s speeches.

Key members of the TNA, including the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), also attended the event.

“In 2015, the Tamil people showed that they have the power to change the Sri Lankan Government. We must stand united,” the TNA media unit quoted Sampanthan as saying.

Sampanthan said that in 2015 former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had told him that he was defeated at the 2015 Presidential elections by the Tamil votes.

“We have missed many opportunities in the past. When the Kandyan leaders wanted Federalism, we rejected it. We cannot waste the opportunity that is now before us,” Sampanthan added.

Meanwhile Wigneswaran was quoted by journalists who attended the event as saying that while he will never betray the political party which brought him to power, he cannot sit back when the mandate given to him by the people is violated.

The ITAK led TNA nominated and supported Wigneswaran to become Northern Province Chief Minister.

However in the recent past a deep rift had emerged between Wigneswaran and ITAK and Wigneswaran was seen as an extremist refusing to co-exist with the Sinhalese community. (Colombo Gazette)

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