Tamils will support Sajith Premadasa in prez surveys in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO Sri Lanka 's (TNA) said Sunday that they will support the candidate of the country's ruling party, in the November 16 presidential elections.
After our meeting of the central committee held today in Vavuniya, we have decided to support Sajith Premadasa, TNA spokesman and legislator M. A Sumanthiran told reporters.
His manifesto will be more acceptable to Tamils (in comparison) with other candidates, Sumanthiran said.
In his manifesto, Premadasa has pledged maximum devolution of power within an undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka.
Sumanthiran said TNA leader R Sampanthan would consult other parts of the Tamil alliance before officially announcing TNA support to support Premadasa.
Samanthiran said the 13-point plan of the Tamil political parties had not been presented to any of the presidential candidates.
The 13 points included the demand to permanently merge the northern and eastern provinces, granting Tamil political autonomy a federal solution.
These points are seen as a Tamil hard line by the Sinhalese majority.
Premadasa's main rival, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, depends on the Sinhalese majority to be elected president, while Premadasa is seen as the most secular option.
Tamil and Muslim votes are crucial to form the government.
In 2015, current president, who was the main opposition challenger, secured most of the minority votes when he defeated Sri Lanka Freedom Party's Mahinda Rajapaksa finishing his 10 year rule.
However, the Tamils remain unhappy since the current government has not adopted a new constitution to address the Tamil demand for political autonomy.