TNA MP M.K. Eelivendran told Parliament on Friday that President Rajapakse`s maiden budget had allocated an increased sum of Rs. 97 billion for defence expenditure.
He alleged that the UPFA budget presented earlier on November 8 had allocated only Rs. 63 billion for the same purpose.
Mr. Eelivendran said it was a clear indication of the government`s intentions as the allocation had been increased Rs. 20 billion within a month.
?How can you prepare for war and talk peace?? the TNA MP asked.
He pointed out that this budget had not given any concessions to the Tamils in the North and the East.
?In this situation the Tamils of this country has lost faith in the Southern government,? he added.
He stressed that the implementation of any programme for peace or development in the North and the East should be in the hands of the Tamils.
Mr. Eelivendran also claimed that there should be a change in the thinking pattern of the Sinhalese if the country was to achieve peace. He recalled the statements made by the late Dr. N.M. Perera when the Sinhala Only Bill was presented to the Parliament in 1956, when he said, ?Do not feed the Sinhalese to the mouths of the Tamils for they shall vomit it out one day?. The Parliamentarian also recalled the words of Dr. Colvin R. de Silva, who said, ?One language two countries; two languages one nation.?
?The respective governments have neglected these statements and have continued to harass the Tamils. Today the government is talking of one country but what we see is two conflicting nations,? he added.