The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has come under fire for being the only major opposition party to attend a meeting convened by Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, after all other major parties boycotted it.
After attending the wider meeting with Rajapaksa, TNA parliamentarians also had their own private meeting with the prime minister, with the current regime refusing to reconvene parliament amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior TNA leaders R Sampanthan, M A Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah were all pictured at the meetings, which was boycotted by the UNP, SJB and JVP. In a statement released before the meeting, TNA leaders said they would attend “to clearly indicate that we are prepared to extend our co-operation” with the government.
The attendance of the TNA has come under criticism for breaking a boycott by the other major Sinhala parties. The UNP said before the meeting that “no meaningful dialogue can be held” and have accused Rajapaksa of “playing party politics” during this pandemic.