Ceylon Workers Congress parliamentarians who pulled out of the government last week, yesterday pledged to continue supporting government moves which would have no adverse impact on the estate Tamil community.
CWC member and former Minister M. Muttu Sivalingam told journalists his party had no interest in either forming or toppling a government.
Mr. Sivalingam said the CWC represented a minority community and therefore it could never get a chance to have someone from the party elected as the President or Prime Minister of this country under the present constitution.
He said their members had now resigned from the ministerial posts they held in the government.
`We will occupy opposition benches in Parliament as an independent group. However, we will continue to support government moves which do not adversely affect our people,` he said.
Commenting on reasons for leaving the government, the CWC MP said senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa had made some offensive remarks at a meeting last week.
Mr. Sivalingam said Mr. Rajapaksa did not even regard him as an elderly person who was older that his brother President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
`At a recent public rally in Nuwara-Eliya, Non-Cabinet Power and Energy Minister Mahindananada Aluthgamage had called me a drunkard. The estate people who were ardent CWC supporters brought this to my notice. We took up the issue with the President and his Advisor Rajapaksa.
It was at this meeting, the junior Rajapaksa insulted me,` he said.