Simmering discontent within TNA threatens to explode
Discontent is simmering within four constituent political parties of
the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), as the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
has shown a reluctance to register the new political party, the Tamil
There are five political parties within the TNA, Ilankai Tamil Arasu
Kachchi (ITAK), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF),
Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Tamil United Liberation
Front (TULF) and People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam
Retired Judge C.V.
Four constituent parties of TNA are continuously demanding the
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi to register the Tamil National Alliance as a
new political Party.
It is alleged that the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi and its leader R.
Sampanthan have so far not come forward to register the Tamil National
Alliance as a political party by embracing the other four constituent
parties as equal partners.
The four constituent parties are of the opinion that Ilankai Tamil
Arasu Kachchi is purposely ignoring their demand and gradually strong
discontent is emerging in their midst.
On April 16, a meeting was held at the office of Suresh Premachandran
M.P, at Kaddaiparai, Kalviyankadu.
Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front Leader Suresh
Premachandran speaking to Asian Tribune said, “We had a four-party
meeting even though V. Anandasangari was away in India, but
representatives of other parties participated.
He said, it has been decided to hold a meeting of the five
constituent parties of the TNA before the end of this month to finalise
registering the TNA as a political party. He also said, civil society
groups and Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar are showing keen
interest to avoid a split within the TNA.
He said that regarding party registration, no final decision has been
made and this week when Parliament will be in session, they may discuss
with R. Sampanthan and other members of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi
and arrive at a final decision.
He said, “In case Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi is not prepared to tow
the line, we have to decide to come out as TNA excluding them.
Northern Provincial Council election
When questioned about the forthcoming Northern Provincial Council
Election, Suresh Premachandran said, “no discussion regarding it has so
far taken place”.
Asked whether there was any discussion on the subject of Provincial
Council election at the last meeting held at Kalviyankadu, Premachandran
said that the Kalviyankadu meeting was not about the provincial council
election. At that meeting we only discussed about the registration of
TNA as a political party.
He firmly denied that there were any talks about the provincial
council election and also about whether retired Supreme Court Judge
Vigneswaran will be the chief ministerial candidate of the TNA.
Minister Nanayakkara, whose daughter is married to Vigneswaran’s son,
said that he had verified this matter and it is highly unlikely the
Judge will be a Chief Ministerial candidate. He added, these are only
rumours and speculation.
But we don’t know whether Sampanthan had any discussion with retired
Judge Vigneswaran. However in case he comes forward to contest as a TNA
candidate, then there might be a possibility of accepting his
candidature, but the TNA as a whole has so far not met and discussed
He said, may be Sampanthan might have taken up this matter at his own
discretion and discussed it with Vigneswaran.
When it was pointed out that the focus is already on retired. Justice
Vigneswaran and he delivered the keynote address at the 36th annual
memorial lecture of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam, on Friday at Sri Kathiresan
Parliamentarian Premachandran said that he was not aware of any such
focus concentrated on Vigneswaran by inviting him to deliver the keynote
address, but he pointed out that this memorial meeting was organised by
N. Vidhyatharan, former Editor of Uthayan newspaper, who is a cousin of
Sampanthan and brother-in-law of TNA MP Saravanapavan.
Premachandran also said that Vidhyatharan has already expressed
privately and within party circles of his desire to be the chief
ministerial candidate on behalf Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi at the
Northern Provincial Council election.
He said, “We learnt that Vidhyatharan had an argument with Sampanthan
after seeing a proposal circulating earlier that Mavai Senathirajah will
be the chief ministerial candidate on behalf of Ilankai Tamil Arasu
The five-party TNA has so far not discussed anything about the
Provincial Council election to date, Premachandran said.
He went on to say, “At the last Eastern Provincial Council election
we, the other four parties in the TNA were given five seats to contest
in the Batticaloa district and we won four seats, whereas Ilankai Tamil
Arasu Kandchchi fielded nine candidates and they managed to win only two
“Even at the last Parliamentary General Elections, in the Vanni
electoral district they nominated Soosaithasan, a former MP for Mannar
and many others, unfortunately all their candidates failed to win a
seat,” he said.
Even when you analyse the parliamentary election results of the
Jaffna electoral district, except for Mavai S. Senathirajah no one else
who contested as Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi candidate won a seat,
“In the case of E. Saravanapavan, S. Sritharan and A.
Vinayagamoorthy,” he said, “they in fact contested and won as TNA
This is the ground reality regarding popularity, he pointed out.
He said that out of the four parties in the TNA, though there are
only elected parliamentarians in two parties, we cannot be counted out
or ignored as ‘not a powerful political force’ within the Tamil
community. We are equally a force to be reckoned with, he said.
Courtesy: Asian Tribune