TNA votes against motion; defends decision

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted against the no-confidence motion on the Government in Parliament today.

Speaking ahead of the vote during the debate on the motion today, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that there was no doubt the Government must be condemned over its failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks.

However, he said there was a concern that if the Government loses the no-confidence motion it will be removed from office.

He said that in 2015 the Tamils supported the new Government as they had concerns over the record of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Government on the human rights issue.

Sampanthan said that the human rights record of the current Government is better than the former regime.

He also said that if there was a Government change now, there is no clarity what the policy of the new Government would be.

As a result, he said the TNA could not support moves to remove the current Government. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. As usual, ethnic minority parties always vote with their own narrow self-interests uppermost. There seems to be a popular uprising against the current regime for mollycoddling minority political parties in order to gain and maintain power. This generally means that the people want a nationalistic party that promotes superiority for the major group while diminishing the status of minority groups, using the tragedy of 21/4 as a pretext. The mainstream politicians, hungering for power again, allow these sentiments to grow and become the norm, not with a view to strengthening the will of the majority but for their own selfish desires to accrue more and more wealth from the public purse. I believe it is high time that all established political parties, their main proponents and aspiring leaders are dumped, in favour of people who have demonstrated by action over the years, their commitment to community welfare to take centre-stage.

  2. Oh, now defend from the palm tree. There is no grass over there. Above all you should not climb palm trees at this age, having just a foot off the grave.


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