The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) have said there was no proposal to consider Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran as the common candidate at the next Presidential elections.
Speaking at an event, TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran and DPF leader Mano Ganeshan said that their comments on the subject at a press briefing recently had been taken out of context to give the impression they had proposed Wigneswaran to be the common candidate.
Ganeshan said that the Tamils have more important issues which need to be addressed and a Presidential candidate is the least of their immediate concerns.
He says someone who has the support, not only of the Tamils and Muslims, but also the Sinhalese, will be able to win a Presidential election.
Ganeshan said that even Wigneswaran himself has never discussed the possibility of him being put forward as a common candidate at a Presidential election.
Meanwhile TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the TNA has not discussed the idea of Wigneswaran being a common opposition candidate.
He says the idea had only been proposed by a columnist in a local newspaper. However Sumanthiran says if anyone opposes the idea of someone in the caliber of Wigneswaran contesting as President then they should explain why they feel he is not suitable for that post. (Colombo Gazette)