Former Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran stood his ground over comments he had made to a local newspaper after coming under attack by some of his own party members.
In a video statement, Sumanthiran said that he does not condone violence and has never said otherwise.
He said that some of his party members had been critical of him for condemning violence and had gone to the extent of making public statements.
Sumanthiran has come under attack by senior party members, accusing him of making comments against the LTTE, during a recent interview.
Among those who had been critical of Sumanthiran were Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) leader Mavai Senathirajah and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) leader Selvam Adaikalanathan.
Sumanthiran said that it was unacceptable that the two leaders made public statements critical of him without contacting him first over the comments attributed to him in the newspaper. (Colombo Gazette)