TNA heading for another split

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By 2017-12-07

By Ananth Palakidnar

Another split is imminent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), with Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), which is one of the four constituent parties in the TNA, decides to keep away from contesting along with the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) at the forthcoming Local Government polls.

Northern Provincial Councillor and a senior member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) M.K. Sivajilingam told Ceylon Today that during the meeting, the TNA convened on the allocation of seats to the constituent parties, the ITAK which remained the main party in the alliance was adamant and not accommodative, in listening to the views of other four parties in the alliance.

According to Sivajilingam, several rounds of talks were held with the TNA and they didn't produce any constructive result over the allocation of seats for the TELO at the forthcoming LG polls.

As a result of the failure to reach an amicable settlement with the TNA, the TELO party members held a special meeting in Vavuniya, which commenced at 10 p.m. on Tuesday and continued till 1.15 a.m. yesterday.

Following the Vavuniya meeting the TELO hierarchy has met the EPRLF leader Suresh K. Premachandran at his party office in Kopay, Jaffna yesterday.

The EPRLF leader has already fallen out with the TNA leadership criticizing it as adamant and dictatorial. The TELO members had also met the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) General Secretary V Anandasangaree and the People's Liberation Organisation Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) leader D. Sidharthan and discussed with him on their decision of not contesting along with the ITAK in the TNA, according to M. K. Sivajilingam.

He also added that a special meeting will be held by the TELO on remaining with the TNA and on contesting at the forthcoming LG polls.

TELO has two Members of Parliament and a total of five Provincial Councillors from the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

In the meantime, the TNA leadership is continuing with meetings to decide on the allocation of seats at the forthcoming LG polls.

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