Former parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan insisted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) “has not sold out” and reiterated that it was “formed in Vanni on the basis of the struggle.”
Adaikalanathan, who is the current leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and a member of the TNA, said “The TNA was formed with a sacrificial rationale in mind and it is formed with the endeavour to continuously serve its people, and we have proof of this,” during a meeting in Mannar last week.
He went on to add that “they [the Sri Lankan government] are going to destroy the TNA. Just as they, along with other world nations, deceitfully tried to silence the armed struggle, some persons are now targeting to break and destroy this organisation which formed at the awakening of the war.”
Adaikalanathan stressed “just like the annihilation of the Tamil people which were committed under the governance of Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, when the TNA becomes destroyed by independent groups and other persons for their own petty desires, there will be no one left to give a voice to question the injustices done to us.”
"They are aiming to delete from history the many Tamil people who have sacrificed their lives in the fight for the liberation of our land. As Tamils, can we enable this ourselves? That is the question at present”, he added.
He emphasised that the TNA was created as a result of sacrifice of fighters and formed at a moment when “bloody flesh of bodies that were slashed up were left trailing on the streets.”
Adaikalanathan also commented on the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi’s (ITAK) logo and said “the home logo was formed with the liberation struggle. Nobody has the right to claim or take control of it.”