Sampanthan slams Rajapaksa for Tamil Eelam remarks
Leader of Opposition and senior Tamil politician R. Sampanthan on Monday said he was “alarmed” at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent pre-poll campaign in which he told the Sinhalese electorate that “a Tamil Eelam would bloom following the local authority elections”.
Emphasising that his party had sought a solution within “an undivided, indivisible, single country”, Mr. Sampanthan asked: “How dare he say [Tami] Eelam could be created?” Observing that Mr. Rajapaksa’s campaign propaganda was “malicious, vicious and fallacious”, the Tamil leader said it was aimed at deceiving “innocent Sinhalese people”.
“If you persist with this agenda, I want to tell you [Tamil] Eelam will bloom not on account of us, but on account of your lotus bud,” he warned, referring to the symbol of the Sri Lanka People’s Front, a new party that Mr. Rajapaksa backed ahead of Sri Lanka’s local authority elections.
Mr. Sampanthan made the intervention during a parliamentary debate on the current political crisis in Sri Lanka, provoked by the outcome of the recent polls. Mr. Rajapaksa’s party won in a majority of councils, while ruling coalition partners — who contested separately — came second and third. The results caused a virtual split in the national unity government, with partners attempting to form government independently.
However, pointing to the vote share of Mr. Rajapaksa, Mr. Sampanthan said he failed to exceed 50% not just in the local elections, but also in the 2015 presidential and parliamentary polls, which the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe combine won.
Reaction to results
In the first instance of a national leader responding publicly to Mr. Rajapaksa’s big win, Mr. Sampanthan said there was nothing for the Rajapaksa camp to get excited about.
“Elections are held, parties win, parties lose,” he said, adding that the vote share polled by anti-Rajapaksa forces was greater than what he obtained.
Amid growing uncertainty over the government’s future, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has said the coalition would stay. President Sirisena is yet to make his position known, but Minister S.B. Dissanayake, a member of his party, on Monday said they would remain in government.
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If you wanna live in Ealam Land, you are free to do so, Mr Sampanth.
Hey, My Sampanth, why not resign Leader of Opposition post and let Mr Rajapaksa step in to that position?
That will throw the corrupt and idiotic Sinhala Buddhist leadership into a tailspin !
That will open the road to beloved Ealam!
Thuleepan : It will open to our Sri Lanken beloved shit hole man.( you were imported to SL from India to clean out toilets) but no harm dreaming. You are going to be disappointed man
Mr. Sampanthan, We know Yaha Palanaya charged your battery. Remember MR (Mahinda) was there 10 years before MY3 & RW. Did he give any Eelam then? Answer is a big NO isn’t it. So, my friend you are talking through your hat.
Bro MR Amarakoon. The word Ealam does not mean anything. There want be any state called Ealam any where in the world.
SL is already ‘S***hole’, my dear brothers.
That is the result of 70 years of Sinhala Buddhist Leadership, different colours, Blue and Green, but all the same clowns.
I wish Sampanth would resign as Opposition Leader so that a Sinhala Buddhist can step into that role.
Then, the Grand Circus, known as the Parliament of ‘S***hole’ Sri Lanka will become even more exciting with clowns on both sides throwing punches and water bottles at each other having come to Parliament in their Luxury 4 Wheel Drives subsidised by the amude-wearing tax payer.
Thullepan if it is that bad why don’y you go some where else and live like Tamil nadu.
Thank you Mt. T. Soma. Yes it is already a S***hole with all the same clowns. Tell me then a clown like Hon Sampanthan continue to support and be part of this S*** hole? He like it isn’t it?
You are right; if Mr Samapanth is a serious player, he wouldn’t be in the S***hole Parliament occupying the false position of Opposition Leader.
The S***hole Parliament consists of 100% clowns!
You areca person who once endorsed the Worlds most ruthless terrorist organization as the sole representatives of the Tamil people n played deaf n dumb to the attrocities carried out by the LTTE on both Tamils n Non tamils.
All your actions of the past drove an irreparable wedge between the Singhalese and the N-E tamil communities n you are a person who todate still requires racism, seperatism n communalism to sustain your now near ending political career.
In my book, you are no better than Honorable Mister Prabakaran (As how CBK n The current regime once addressed that Megalomaniac)
Shame on u, shame on u!