DMK hopes for permanent solution to Tamils’ issues
August 20, 2015 12:36 am
DMK President M Karunanidhi today congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe for his victory in the Sri Lanka parliamentary elections and hoped the Tamil National Alliance win in North and East provinces would give rise to a situation for a permanent solution to travails of Tamils.
Mr Wickremesinghe’s United National Party won a total of 106 seats in the 225-member Assembly, falling short of an absolute majority by seven seats but enough to form a government.
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) came second with 95 seats while minority Tamil National Alliance swept the ethnic Tamil-majority Northern and Eastern provinces with 16 seats.
“Tamil National Alliance emerging as the third-largest party is an important turning point in this election. After this election, Wickremesinghe is all set to become Prime Minister again. On behalf of DMK I extend my greetings to him”, Karunanidhi said in a statement.
The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said, “with the Tamil National Alliance win in the election we can hope that a situation has arisen for finding a permanent solution to the travails of Eelam Tamils”.
“I express my desire that suitable decisions will be taken in the Parliament in which Tamils living in Sri Lanka would lead a peaceful life and have equal rights.”, he said.
The UNP fell short of a majority, but a pledge of “issue-based” support from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which holds the balance of power with 16 seats, will allow the party to carry out promised political and economic reforms.
“We will sit in the opposition but extend support to the government,” TNA lawmaker Dharmalingam Sithadthan told AFP Wednesday.
“It will be issue-based support, but we think we can work with the prime minister.”
He also has the backing of one more MP from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress party.