English translation of statement to the media
NDP Statement to the Media 8.12.2009
Call for a Common Candidate
Comrade SK Senthivel, General Secretary of the New-Democratic Party issued the following statement pointing out the need for the Tamil, Muslim and Hill Country Tamil political parties and the left parties to field a common candidate at the forthcoming parliamentary election.
In the present context, the correct choice for the parties of the minority nationalities and the parties of the left will be to put forward a common candidate of unity based on a common programme addressing in the form of clear demands the issues confronting the Tamil, Muslim and Hill Country Tamil nationalities. The New Democratic Party emphasises that the time has not passed for efforts to that end and for decisions to be arrived at.
Tamil, Muslim and Hill Country Tamil political parties had met in Zurich recently for a two-day conference. Why couldn’t they put forward a common candidate based on their unity? Putting forward such a candidate could prevent the leading candidate from securing 50% of the votes cast, thereby create a constitutional crisis, and force the existing executive presidential system face a dilemma. Besides, that could provide the opportunity to emphasise the problems faced by the minority nationalities and to put forward demands.
Hence, talks should be initiated to put forward a common candidate representing the Tamil, Muslim and Hill Country Tamil political parties and the left parties. The time has not passed for that to be achieved. Parties deciding on which of the two main candidates is to be supported or individuals declaring themselves as candidates amounts to political deficiency and politics of selfishness. Hence the New-Democratic Party pleads with the Tamil, Muslim and Hill Country Tamil political parties and the left parties to arrive at a consensus on a common candidate.
S K Senthivel
General Secretary, New-Democratic Party
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