The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) has requested President Mahinda Rajapakse to ensure the protection of its members following the killing of Batticaloa District parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.
The TNA which met Rajapakse earlier this week had expressed concern over the killing of Pararajasingham in a government controlled area.
Informed sources said that Rajapakse while assuring protection had asked the TNA to call off their protest campaign in parliament.
`The President told the TNA parliamentarians to raise their grievances in parliament , but not disrupt its proceedings.`
Very little parliamentary business was conducted this week with TNA members sitting in the well of the house and on one occasion occupying the speakers chair in protest.
The TNA parliamentary group is due to meet shortly to decide on what course of action it should adopt when parliament meets again on February 1.
Meanwhile Cabinet spokesman and Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva dismissed as `false` allegations that the STF and the army were involved in the killing of Joseph Pararajasingham.
`Investigations are continuing and it is wrong to make assumptions.Neither the STF or army were involved in the killing.This is a baseless politically motivated allegation.`
He, said that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) had left Trincomalee temporarily and would return shortly.
Despite the recent bomb attack on the Batticaloa SLMM office premises, the SLMM has not left the area,de Silva said.