TNA tells Tamils to make their own choice

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said its supporters were free to vote for any party of their choice at Saturday’s elections to 23 local councils as it backed no party in the fray. “Let the people decide as to whom they should vote for,” TNA leader R. Sampanthan told the Sunday Times.

His remarks came after he rejected a request for support from the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) whose leader Mano Ganeshan is a mayoral candidate for Colombo.

Mr. Sampanthan said he told DPF candidate Nalliah Kumarakuruparan who made the request that the TNA wished to remain neutral. However, Mr. Ganeshan told the Sunday Times he was confident of the backing of Tamil voters. In addition to the polls for the Colombo Municipal Council, the DPF is contesting the Dehiwela-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council and the Kolonnawa Urban Council.

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