Reminding the President
Vadais, vegetable rotis and fruit juice seemed an ample enough treat
for the 20 members of the Tamil National Alliance who enjoyed Presidential
hospitality as the President walked in 45 minutes late to the meeting.
at the end of the meeting a Tamil National Alliance member walked
up to the President and discussed the pruning down of their security
and in the process posed this questito the President: “Madam
do you remember me?” and the President replied “No”.
The member said “Madam, do you remember you ordered my detention
and I had to wait a long time in detention?”
you are Kishore”, responded the President. The member was
Sivanathan Kishore, former northern co-ordinator of the Sri Lanka
Red Cross who was detained on allegations of transporting communication
equipment to the LTTE, but released one and half years later without
Who hit whom? That seems to be the question now being
debated after the brawl in Parliament. Some of the ruling party
members are trying to palm the responsibility of the attacks on
the opposition members.
public denials about the involvement of the government members,
efforts are being made to blame the Parliamentary staff now. The
government members say the monks may have got crushed by the huge
officer attached to the Parliament staff who was trying to protect