Speaking at the Jaffna Press club on Sunday, 15 November 2015, Veerasinham Sulakshan, who was released last week stated that the Tamil National Alliance is accountable for today’s plight of the Tamil political prisoners. He said “For 67 years successive Sri Lanka governments had failed the Tamil people. and called on the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to be pro-active in securing the release of political prisoners and not just make media statements.
He added that the TNA should also be held responsible if any of the fasting Tamil political prisoners that were fasting died. He went on that the Tamil political prisoners gave up the fast on the last occasion on an assurance given by Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan that President has given a promise but now that promise has not been honoured.
Commenting on assurances by the TNA leader R Sampanthan, Mr Sulakshan quoted Mr Sampanthan as saying, ‘I trust the President. You should trust him and give up your hungerstrike. If you are not released by 7 Nov we will join in your hungerstrike.'”
Noting that Tamil political prisoners still remained in jail, Mr Sulakshan added, “Today is 15 November and he is not even in the country.”
Meanwhile the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi Leader Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah has stated that the government must repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act. That alone can help to resolve issues and ensure reconciliation.
Chief Minister Wigneswaran said in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena that Tamil prisoners who are in a continuous hunger strike would not stop their action as the government had failed to fulfil a pledge to release them and that the death of one of the prisoners on hunger strike would make the Tamils lose faith on the government, he said.