Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Friday Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan said the threats and intimidation against the TNA parliamentarians by a para military organization were aimed at stopping the exercise of legitimate rights and privileges of the TNA members of the Eastern Province. The Son-in-Law of Batticaloa District TNA member T. Kanagasabai was abducted by the para military group and he was threatened that the Son-in-Law would be killed if Kanagasabai voted against the second reading of the Budget 2008 on November 19. The TNA member did not attend Parliament on that day for fear of the life of his son-in-law. It was a clear case of violation of the rights and privileges of members of Parliament as he could not exercise his right to vote due to the threat.
Sampanthan said two other members of the TNA from the Batticaloa District were also threatened by the same para-military group but they attended parliament and voted against the Budget. But threats against TNA Members of Parliament will not change its policy though it was not clear how a para-military group could engage in illegal activities like this without police taking action against them.Therefore the TNA feels that the para-military group has the support of the police or higher authorities to engage in such illegal activities and the government should take action against the group, he said.