Tamil National Alliance Leader R.Sampanthan has defended his participation and that of TNA Parliamentarian Sumanthiran in the Independenc Day Celebration this year stating that the decision was taken after careful thought in the larger interest of the Tamil people and the Tamil speaking people.
Responding to foreign media query, Sampanthan explained that the participation was a symbolic gesture to the new government and the people of the country. It is our response to the new governement’s commitment to resolve Tamils’ grievances. They have also made certain initial steps. We have responded. It is in fact a principled satnd.