Split in five-party TNA coalition imminent
In-fighting in the TNA points to an imminent split of the five-party
coalition ahead of the Northern Provincial Council elections scheduled
for early September this year.
According to Tamil political sources, the split could lead to the
main component ITAK led by Trincomalee district parliamentarian R.
Sampanthan and the EPRLF, EROS, TELO and the TULF group breaking away.
The rut set in when the coalition parties except the ITAK wanted the
TNA to be registered as a political party with the Elections
Commissioner while the ITAK leader Sampanthan paid scant regard to the
request and wanted the remaining constituent parties to contest
elections on the ITAK symbol, House.
The TNA contested the last Eastern Provincial Council elections also
under the House symbol.
Tamil political sources said the constituent parties of the TNA would
hold further discussions on this matter and sign a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) before May 31 to iron out any differences.
Asked to comment on the prevailing situation within the TNA, its
Secretary and Jaffna district parliamentarian, Mavai Senathirajah said
that it will not be a problem and added that the hatchet had already
been buried and was piqued why the Sunday Observer wanted to dig into
it. ”All newspapers have published it and why mention it again and
again,” he queried.
TULF leader and former parliamentarian V. Anandasangaree expressed
disappointment at the ongoing things within the TNA and recalled how the
TULF toiled to work for the welfare of the North/East Tamil population
after the demise of S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in 1977 but its good work has
been forgotten by the present leaders.