Colombo, November 1 (newsin.asia): Tamil and Muslim parties of Sri Lanka are with the ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, according to Mano Ganeshan, former Minister of Co-existence and National Languages, and leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Front (DPF), a party of Indian Origin Tamils.
Speaking to representatives of the DPF from several districts here on Thursday, Ganeshan said that but for the support of parties of the minorities like the DPF, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, the Wickremesinghe might have to taste defeat in parliament when the issue of the Premiership comes before the House.
Ganeshan said that attempts were made by the Rajapaksa group ,even by the top leaders, to get MPs from these parties to defect by offering money and posts. But the leaders of these parties refused to be swayed.
The importance of the stand of the parties of the minorities has been brought to the notice of the powers-that-be in Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) and they agreed, Ganeshan said.
On why the parties of the minorities are supporting Wickremesinghe and his UNP,the Colombo-based leader of the Tamils of Indian Origin, said that it would have been perfectly acceptable if Mahinda Rajapaksa had become Prime Minister by winning an election. But he had seized the post ousting the existing Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and dismissing the cabinet in an unprincipled manner.
If, as Ganeshan says, the minority parties continue to stay with Wickremesinghe, it will be a major prop for the latter’s campaign to re-capture power, which he lost on October 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked him and appointed Rajapaksa as Premier.
The Tamil National Alliance with 16 MPs has already criticized Rajapaksa for the manner in which he became Prime Minister and is expected to vote for Wickremesinghe in parliament.
(The featured image at the top shows Indian Origin Tamil leader and former Minister Mano Ganeshan)