ITAK President “Maavai” Senathirajah Refutes Media Reports of Party Pressure being Exerted on TNA Leader Sampanthan to Resign as Trinco MP; “We have not taken any decision nor do we request our Leader to resign. We cannot remove him either,” says Maavai


BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Denying news reports to the contrary, Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah yesterday (21) said that the party has not taken any decision nor requested the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader and Trincomalee District MP R. Sampanthan to resign from his Parliamentary seat.

Speaking to The Morning yesterday, Senathirajah noted that no such request had been made from Sampanthan, nor had such a decision been taken for the latter to resign from his post as an MP.
“We have not taken any decision nor do we request our Leader to resign. We cannot remove him either,” he said.

Senathirajah noted that Sampanthan had been very keen in addressing the proposed demographic changes in Trincomalee and as a measure, had decided to write a letter to the authorities.

“We held our Central Committee meeting in Vavuniya on Tuesday (20), where some party members addressed the issue of the change in the demography of Trincomalee. We did not discuss any removal or resignation. The media has twisted the story,” he added.

He also mentioned that the ITAK will separately send a letter to President Ranil Wickremesinghe urging him to stop the proposed demographic changes and land acquisition at the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple.

Earlier, a letter signed by leaders of political parties in the North and the East was handed over to President Wickremesinghe.

Courtesy:The Morning