Sajith’s manifesto to create Tamil Eelam Federal State in Sri Lanka
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President’s Counsel Ali Sabry says that the manifesto of New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa contains ideas from the interim report complied with inputs from the pro-LTTE terrorists Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
Speaking at a TV program on 4th Nov. 2019, Sabry said that there are grave and serious issues in the manifesto of Sajith Premadasa.
He points out that that the interim report of the Steering Committee on the Constitution submitted to the parliament was made by the pro-minority Prime Minister and racist TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran.
These ideas and proposals are contained in the recently published manifesto of Premadasa, he added.
According to Sabry, the manifesto read, “Sri Lanka shall be a union of provinces and states. Sri Lanka shall be a federal state within the framework of the united and undivided and indivisible country”.
President’s Counsel Ali Sabry says that there was no chance of defeating the LTTE without Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Further, Joint Opposition MP Mahinda Samarasinghe claimed today that presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa has not used the term ‘unitary state’ in his election manifesto.
Instead of the Sinhala word (Eekiya) ඒකීය (unitary), Premadasa’s manifesto uses the word (Eekiyathwaya) ඒකීයත්වය (unity), said Samarasinghe.
“There is a big difference between those two words. Under international law, the term ‘unitary state’ has a specific legal meaning,” he said, noting that Sri Lanka’s constitution is emphatic about the country’s unitary character.
Former northern province Chief Minister racist extremist C. V. Vigneshwaran had expressed his intention to analyse Premadasa’s manifesto in all three languages, the MP added, to understand his views on the matter before extending his support to him in the upcoming presidential election.
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian further said this allegedly suspect wording could be the reason the pro-LTTE Illankei Tamil Arusa Kachchi (ITAK) of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) “suddenly” announced its support to the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate.
As evidence for this claim, Samarasinghe pointed to a remark made by TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday that Premadasa, if elected, will create the democratic space needed to implement the TNA’s agenda which is Federal state for North and East two provinces.
However, Sumanthiran said that ITAK leaders had perused the manifestos of both Premadasa and rival candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa before coming to a decision, following a day-long discussion about each candidate’s policies and background. The Jaffna District MP said his party would reveal the reason for backing Premadasa once ITAK leader R. Sampanthan has talked to the other parties in the TNA.