Split within Tamil National Alliance constituent parties?

TNA Samp - WigneswaranSharp split has emerged in the midst of the constituent parties of Tamil National Alliance at the meeting held yesterday. A section of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi Members has said that they wish to disassociate themselves with the former Tamil armed group members of the constituent Tamil National Alliance and the meeting ended without taking up any decision.

Also, Northern Province Council Chief Minister C.V.Vigneswaran was reported saying that he was not happy to associate himself with the former armed group members, who are presently with the Tamil National Alliance.

This statement of the Northern Province Chief Minister has brought about sharp rebuke and reproach from the so called members of the former Tamil armed group.

The Tamil National Alliance meeting was held yesterday at the Northern Province Chief Minister’s Office, located at Somasundaram Road, Jaffna.

Earlier the meeting was planned to be held at the office of Tamil National Alliance, located at Martin Road, Jaffna.

As all the TNA Members of Parliament from the Northern Province, Northern Province Chief Minister, Board of Ministers and President of Northern Provincial Council participated, but as the meeting facility available at the TNA Office was not enough and the meeting venue was shifted to Chief Minister’s office.

It must be recalled that Provincial Council pays rupees three hundred thousand as monthly rental to that office of the Chief Minister and to facilities available in the office and it was made use for political purpose – an act which was said to be condemnable.

The TNA meeting was presided over by R.Sampanthan and the noted absentee was Mavai S. Senathirajajah, the newly elected President of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi, who left for United Kingdom on a private visit.

The meeting was held to decide about the course of action TNA should take during the proposed visit of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Jaffna Peninsula.

Also the meeting was supposed to decide about appointing a committee to go into how development activities should take place using MPs’ and Provincial Councilor’s funds and also about the inaction of the Northern Provincial Council.

Asian Tribune learnt that the meeting failed to arrive at any consensus regarding the course of action TNA should adopt when President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives in Jaffna.

It was reported that Sampanthan has told that each constituent party of the TNA should come up with their course of action and adopt accordingly during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Jaffna.

This decision was not acceptable to the participants and as commotion prevailed; it was subsequently decided to meet again on the 6th October to come up with a consensuses decision on the matter.

Furthermore, several participants of the meeting alleged that so far one year has elapsed after Northern Provincial Council came into existence and no concrete measures were taken to implement any development activities in the province.

Some Members of Parliament and Northern Provincial Councilors alleged the inaction of the Chief Minister and his incapability in taking up any development measures of the Province.

Asian Tribune learnt that Chief Minister Vigneswaran in the course of his emotional response has told that he was not happy to identify himself with the former Tamil armed group members and, that is why he used to be associated with the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi.

This statement of the Chief Minister brought in sharp criticism, condemnation, admonition and one MP participant recalled that when Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi proposed Vigneswaran as common candidate in the Northern Provincial Council election, Vigneswaran insisted that he should have the consensus of all the constituent parties of the TNA for him to be a common candidate.

Another participant reminded that during the election campaign Vigneswaran was heard glorifying the V. Prabhakaran, Leader of the LTTE as a great Tamil hero and how come now he says that he was not prepared to associate himself with the former leaders of Tamil armed group. The double-tongue of Vigneswaran was exposed at the meeting and chastised, it was said.

Commotion prevailed for a longer period of time and in the meantime as usual Sampanthan failed to come up with an acceptable response to the issue of registering Tamil National Alliance as a political Party and the meeting which dragged on for hours – as usual trading insults and berated the dominance of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi over the other TNA constituent parties.

According to sources, as the former Tamil armed group members who are constituent members of Tamil National Alliance were not satisfied with proceeding of the meeting chaired by Sampanthan, they met again separately at EPRLF Leader Suresh Premachandran’s house located at Kalviyankadu .

Former Tamil Armed Group leaders decided to take soon necessary action to register Tamil National Alliance as a political party.

Asian Tribune learnt that it has been decided to prepare the rules and regulation governing TNA and the proposal to register TNA as a political party to be handed over to Sampantan and Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi for necessary adoption.

It is further learnt that in case Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchci is not prepared to go along to register TNA as a political party, then the Tamil Armed Group leaders to go alone and register TNA as a political Party in January 2015, to be without being on the mercy of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi for nomination in the next parliamentary general election. (Asian Tribune)

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