Two Tamil parties have pledged support to the proposed national government to be formed by the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) together account for three Members of Parliament.
Leaders of the parties, Douglas Devananda and Arumugan Thondaman, were Cabinet Ministers in the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
But the EPDP left the United People’s Freedom Alliance and went alone in the recent polls. Even though the CWC remains part of the Alliance, its leader, Mr. Thondaman, identified himself as a follower of President Maithripala Sirisena during the campaign.
Mr. Devananda and Muthu Sivalingam, CWC president, told The Hindu that their support to the government had nothing to do with any claim for ministerial positions.