August 17 polls:
Ex LTTErs to uphold democracy
LTTE ex-combatants running for the August 17 parliamentary polls
would work on the principles of democracy, brotherhood and compromise
with their Southern counterparts, shunning violence, the Administrative
Head of their political party Rasiah Kirubhakaran alias Kadir told the
Taking a momentous decision to contest the up-coming polls, over 300
ex-combatants founded their political party, the Crusaders for
Democracy, with veteran journalist Nadesapillai Vidyatharan as its
convenor and Kadir as its administrative chief and fielded candidates as
an independent group in the Jaffna electoral district. They have the
support of other rehabilitated ex-combatants, he said.
As contenders in the polls, they would be guided by the principles of
democracy, non-violence and goodwill, he said. Their primary function as
a political party would be building mutual confidence and trust with the
South and also allaying unfounded fears that a violent political culture
would re-emerge in the North, Kadir said.
As a gesture of goodwill to the Southern brothers and out of
gratitude to the authorities for their rehabilitation they would not
comment either on the UN War Crimes Inquiries during the final battle or
their tragic past as LTTE combatants, he said.
The Northern province is now experiencing anti-social activities,
alcoholism, drug menace, exploitation of the society, incidents of rape
and other crimes and the political parties representing the people had
failed miserably in taking corrective action.
It will, therefore, be their primary duty as a political force to
work in coordination with the administrative as well as the law
enforcement authorities to maintain law and order in the society and
eradicate anti-social and criminal activities, Kadir said.
Together with the TNA and other parties they will form a strong
political force to voice for the rights of the Tamils and for their
socio-economic uplift including development in the spheres of education,
health, agriculture, infrastructure and housing, he said. They have
fielded candidates only in the Jaffna district because fielding
candidates in other North-East electoral districts would scatter the
votes and consequently, forfeit Tamilsí representation, he said.