May 20, Colombo: The National Freedom Front (NFF), a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government today urged the government to take action against the legislators of the Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for commemorating the deaths of LTTE cadres last week.
The media spokesman of the NFF, former MP, Mohamed Muzammil said media had reported that several MPs of the TNA and some members of the TNA-controlled Northern Provincial Council had organized several events to commemorate the dead terrorists at several places including, Mannar, Mullivaikkal, Jaffna and Vavuniya on the 18th May.
He named the TNA legislators Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Pon Selvarasa, P. Ariyanethran, S. Yoheswaran , Shivasakthi Anandan and the Fisheries Minister of the Northern Provincial Council B. Deniswaran as the chief guests of the events. Several other NPC members have also participated in the commemorative events, the spokesman said.
Muzammil pointed out that all these legislators have sworn to abide by the Constitution of Sri Lanka when they took oath in accepting their posts.
Noting that under the Constitution, the legislators have sworn not to assist or support financially or physically, inside or outside the country any act to divide the country or disrupt the ethnic harmony, the spokesman asked whether it is not illegal to publicly commemorate the slain members of a terrorist group.
"Similarly, shouldn't they lose their MP posts for involving in acts that violate the Constitution?" Muzammil asked.
He criticized the government for taking a sleepy attitude towards the Tamil MPs who are involved in anti-Sri Lankan activities and urged the government to take stern action against all the MPs and heads of NGOs who violate the Constitution regardless of their status.