My heartiest Thaipongal wishes to all Tamil people who live in Sri Lanka and abroad.
As a new year begins, there are many expectations in the hearts of the people.
In particular, the Tamil people’s long-standing aspiration for a lasting political solution to the national question still remains unattained. During last year, meaningful steps were taken to frame a new Constitution in order to address this unresolved issue. As a result of such steps an Interim Report of the Steering Committee has been submitted to the Constitutional Assembly which contains matters of importance that merit consideration.
My prayer is that, a New Constitution will be framed without any further delay in the new year, which will uphold the right to dignity, self respect, and justice on the basis of equality amongst all citizens of Sri Lanka so as to ensure goodwill unity and genuine reconciliation within an undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka.
My best wishes and prayers for a Thaipongal filled with peace and prosperity.
R Sampanthan, MP,
Leader of the Opposition of Parliament,
Leader of the Tamil National Alliance.