Labour and Labour Relations Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekera told Parliament yesterday that the government should ban the TNA, which was propagating the LTTE ideology of separatism even after the defeat of the terrorist organisation.
Participating in the third reading stage debate, on budget 2014, under the expenditure heads of 23 ministries and the Secretariat for Special Functions referred to select committee, the deputy minister said that the government should have banned the LTTE proxy party soon after the war ended. “We are paying the price for not banning them then and we made a mistake by not doing so as can be seen clearly now,” he said.
The TNA should make a public statement that it would not support or propagate the separatist ideology and it should make it clear that it would stay away from terrorism; the deputy minister said adding that otherwise the political party should be banned in Sri Lanka.
The retired navy rear admiral said that soon after the World War II Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party was banned and Pol Pot’s Communist Party too was banned soon after the political turmoil in Cambodia for the same reasons and the government of Sri Lanka too should ban the TNA for propagating terrorism and separatism.
18th Dec 2013
By Saman Indrajith