Three constituents threaten to quit TNA
By Ananth Palakidnar
The leaders of three Tamil National Alliance (TNA) constituent parties, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), People's Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), have expressed solidarity with Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and warned that if the TNA hierarchy brings out the No Confidence Motion against the Northern Chief Minister, they would withdraw their parties from the TNA and function separately in Parliament.
The leader of the EPRLF Suresh Premachandran, PLOTE leader Darmalingam Sidharthan and TELO leader Selvam Adaikalanathan met Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Saturday.
Following the meeting with the Chief Minister, the three constituent parties, in the Tamil National Alliance, with each having two members in Parliament, for a total of six, have warned that the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) should refrain from any move to bring a No Confidence Motion against the Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran.
The former TNA spokesman and EPRLF Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran told the Ceylon Today, that the ITAK has still not taken any decision on withdrawing its plans of bringing the No Confidence Motion against Wigneswaran.
"The majority of people in the North have expressed their overwhelming support for the Chief Minister. So, by bringing a No Confidence Motion against the Chief Minister, the ITAK will lose the credibility of the people it represents. If the no confidence motion is brought against the Chief Minister all three constituent parties in the TNA will withdraw from the TNA and function separately in Parliament. If such a situation arises, the Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, will no more be the leader of the TNA." Premachandran said.
The TNA remains in Parliament as an Opposition party with a total strength of 16 seats. The three constituent parties have six seats. Meanwhile, several civil society organizations in the North, have appealed to the Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and to the TNA leader to end their cold war, sources said.
The TNA hierarchy and Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran had separate meetings with the Catholic Bishop of Jaffna and head of the Nallur Atheenam to explain their political stands.
Meanwhile, the ITAK leader and Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathiraja has urged Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to keep away from the individuals and political forces which were trying to weaken the ITAK.
In a press statement, Senathiraja, on Sunday, has said that the ITAK didn't want to get into a conflict situation with the Northern Chief Minister. Whereas the Chief Minister, being a member of the ITAK should not be carried away by the forces attempting to undermine the integrity of the ITAK.
Senathiraja has also urged the Chief Minister to get out of the grip of the Tamil People's Council (TPC) in the present situation.
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