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Sumanthiran promises grassroots discussions on interim report on constitution

The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran assured there would be ‘extensive discussions’ at a grassroots level on the interim report by the constitutional steering committee, Ceylon Today reported.

His comments followed a meeting in Vavuniya yesterday by ITAK’s Central Committee, which took place amid increasing turmoil within the TNA after one of its constituent parties, EPRLF announced it would contesting the upcoming elections on its own.

“The meetings, throughout the Northern and Eastern Provinces between the ITAK members and local bodies, led by the party, will commence on 20 November and continue for a week during which the pros and cons on the Interim Report will be discussed to have a clear picture on the intended new constitution,” Mr Sumanthiran was quoted by the paper as saying.

Asked about Sri Lanka’s budget 2018, Mr Sumanthiran said, “several proposals made by the TNA on the livelihood assistance to the ex –LTTE cadres had been taken into consideration in the Budget. In the meantime the allocation of Rs 1,400 million for the functions of the Office of the Missing Person (OMP) was also praiseworthy.”