Government can be sent home

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By 2017-04-12

By Ananth Palakidnar

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan has warned that if the grievances of Tamils were not addressed properly, even the present Maithri-Ranil Government would.......be ousted from power.

The Leader of the Opposition was addressing an event in Vavuniya last Monday, at which 150 houses, constructed in the Sinna Adampan village in Vavuniya, by the London-based Lyca organization, were handed over to their tenants.

The houses were constructed at a cost of Rs 23 million by Lyca.

Sampanthan along with Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran participated in the event where Lyca's Chairman Gnanampikai Alliraja handed over the new houses to the beneficiaries.

Speaking at the event, Sampanthan said, "The government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken certain initiatives to solve the long-standing humanitarian problems of Tamils in the North and East.

However, we are not fully satisfied with the manner in which these issues are handled by the government. Several important problems such as the releasing of lands, disappeared persons' issues and the releasing of political prisoners have to be addressed more positively. Therefore the present government will also be sent home if it fails to address the key humanitarian issues in the North and East."

The 150 houses built by Lyca were to be handed over to the beneficiaries by South Indian Tamil cinema super star Rajinikanth at a gala event in Vavuniya. However, he cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka following agitation by a Tamil Nadu politician opposing his visit to the Island.

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