Members of the visiting European Union (EU) Parliamentary delegation visited Parliament on Friday. They met both government and opposition members and enjoyed a tea party.

Here, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran told Jean Lambert, the head of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with South Asia, that the election in the north would not be free and fair and it was the Army that was selecting candidates for the polls.

Overhearing this, UPFA National List MP A.H.M.Azwer was quick to intervene. “Not so, Madam,” he said explaining that the candidates were being picked by a nominations board of each party. He also said that Thamilini, the former LTTE women’s wing leader who was released from government rehabilitation recently had voiced her desire to get married and have children.

“If you have any prospective grooms, please direct them here,” Mr. Azwer quipped to the amusement of those present.