Tamil National Alliance MP M.A. Sumanthiran has appealed to Opposition Leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to stop bluffing and not disown the promises he had given on devolution to Sri Lankan Tamils and India.

He said on Friday that there was no difference whatsoever in what Mahinda Rajapaksa when President, had told the Tamil people and the world, especially India, on how he would devolve power to the provinces and the devolution proposals presented by the current UNP-led government.

Mahinda’s assurances on full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and beyond were contained in his speeches and written promises to India, Sumanthiran said appealing to the Ex-President not to resort to cheap politicking due to an approaching Presidential Election.

“We are very disappointed at the manner in which Mahinda is behaving. This is not what you expect from a former leader of this country, when his words are there in black and white for the whole world to see. Mahinda told India that 13 Plus would be introduced. By 13 Plus, he obviously meant more devolution than what is contained in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution”, the TNA MP noted adding “all UPFA controlled Provincial Councils endorsed the granting of more powers to the provinces. This sort of trickery and deceit has to stop, if we are to progress as a united country.”

He recalled that when the current government initiated all party discussions on constitutional reform, Mahinda had said that such matters should not be rushed. Now, when there was still one more year to go for parliamentary elections, he says that these things should not be taken up during the tail end of a government.

“This country has never been at ease since independence. We don’t consider ourselves minorities. We are only smaller in number. This is not a threat. But history has proved that unless all Sri Lankans could live as equals, permanent peace would always remain elusive”, Sumanthiran said.

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