Presidential candidate M.K Sivajilingham has challenged the two main presidential candidates, Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa to a debate over issues faced by Tamils.
Speaking to reporters in Kalmunai today Sivajilingham said that both candidates have not considered the 13 point demands put forward by five Tamil political parties.
He said that very little has been done in the past to address issues faced by Tamil speaking people in the country.
Sivajilingham said that there cannot be a solution for the Tamils without merging the North and East.
He accused the Tamil National Alliance of supporting Premadasa even though Premadasa is not showing interest in Tamil issues.
Sivajilingham said that the TNA must accept the fact that the United National Party failed to address Tamil issues over the past four years.
Premadasa has challenged Rajapaksa for a live debate and now Sivajilingham says he is prepared to face both of them at any location to debate issues faced by Tamils.
He says he is prepared to face the debate in the Sinhalese language. (Colombo Gazette)
Report and pic by Farook Shihan in Kalmunai