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Sampanthan warns of ousting 'Maithri-Ranil Government,' at a Lyca mobiles function in Vanni.

Sweden, April 14 -- Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, delivered a very strongly worded warning that, "Maithri-Ranil Government would be ousted from power, if the grievances of the Tamils were not addressed properly", at a ceremony organized by London based Lyca mobile, held at Sinna Adamapan, Vavuniya.

150 houses constructed by Lyca mobile, located in Sinna Adamaban, Vavuniya, were handed over to the beneficiaries at a ceremony held on 10th April, attended by the Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan MP, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadcchchi Leader Mavai Senathirajah MP and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran and several others.

Days after Rajinikanth, the South Indian cine actor, following protests in Tamil Nadu, cancelled his trip to Sri Lanka to inaugurate a housing scheme constructed by Lyca mobiles, the housing scheme has been inaugurated on Wednesday.

"Lyca mobiles is a commercial organization founded on 2006 in London and owned by a London based Tamil, formerly from Vanni, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa involved with it, and we are against the same. We don't have a problem in Rajini visiting Sri Lanka, but we have a problem in him becoming the face of Lyca's agenda," said Thol Thirumavalavan, the leader of the Viduthalai Chiruththaigal Katchi (VCK) when the news of Rajanikanth visiting Sri Lanka and the houses to be handed over by him to the beneficiaries was released in a statement by Lyca mobiles from Chennai.

Subsequently, Rajanikanth cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka following agitation by a Tamil Nadu politician opposing his visit to the Island.

Also, Northern Province chief minister CVK Vigneswaran, too cancelled his visit to the village, at the last minute.

However, Opposition Leader Sampanthan was present for the inauguration.

In the meantime, Lyca mobiles issued lawyers notices to T. Vel Murugan, president of the Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi in Tamil Nadu, for his alleged defamatory comments on Lyca mobiles chairman Allirajah Subaskaran.

London based lyca mobiles also issued a legal notice to Sri Lanka's TNA Vanni MP Charles Nirmalanathan, allegedly for making number of defamatory and false allegations through a South Indian-based TV station 'Puthiya Thalaimurai,' against their housing project that was scheduled to be opened by South Indian film star Rajinikanth.

The legal notice issued to the MP Nirmalanathan demands that the comments are immediately withdrawn and an apology issued and damages of 250 million Sri Lankan Rupees are recouped.

When "Asian Tribune" contacted TNA Vanni MP Charles Nirmalanathan whether he was invited for the function organized by Lyca mobiles to distribute the houses, he said "No."

While one of TNA MPs, Charles Nirmalanathan - of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi, was notified for a possible legal action, R. Sampanthan, Party Leader Mavai Senathirajah MP, and TNA spokesman MA Sumanthiran MP were a few of those VIPs participated in the ceremony held at Sinna Adampan in Vavuniya.

Opposition Leader Sampanthan was speaking at the event immediately after endorsing on 7th April at meeting held at Vavuniya, the grace period of 2 years granted by the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva to Sri Lankan Government to fully implement the Sri Lanka sponsored Geneva Resolution 30/1, which meant giving more time for the Government to fulfill its promises.

However, the Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan on Friday 7th April, said the TNA welcomes the High Commissioner's call that the Human Rights Council sustain its close engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and ensure monitoring of developments in the country.

Also again speaking at the event in Vavuniya, to distribute Lyca mobiles constructed houses, Sampanthan said, "The government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken certain initiatives to solve the long-standing humanitarian problems of Tamils in the North and East.

However, we are not fully satisfied with the manner in which these issues are handled by the government. Several important problems such as the releasing of lands, disappeared persons' issues and the releasing of political prisoners have to be addressed more positively. Therefore, the present government will also be sent home, if it fails to address the key humanitarian issues in the North and East."

At the Lyca mobiles function held at Vavuniya other than the three TNA parliamentarians, S. Vigneswaran, President of the Senate of Malaysia and the Vice President of Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

Also, James Berry MP, Member of British Parliament and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils participated in the ceremony who earlier, led a debate in the British Parliament on Tuesday 28 February to discuss Human Rights abuses in Sri Lanka, and demanded, "I . call on all members of the UN Human Rights Council, including our own Government, to lead the world in seeking proper accountability for human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and full delivery of the hard-won commitment in resolution 30/1 to an independent . tribunal with the involvement of foreign and Commonwealth judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers."

Keith Vaz MP, Member of British Parliament and member of the Justice Select Committee - were few of the foreign dignitaries who participated.

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