ITAK expresses confidence in TNA unity Reaches consensus with TELO on LG polls seats

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By 2017-12-08

By Ananth Palakidnar

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah is confident that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will continue to remain strong and that the ITAK has reached a compromise with the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) over the allocation of seats for the Local Government polls (LG), for the constituent Parties in the TNA.
Senathirajah told Ceylon Today, that there had been some misunderstandings, before, over the allocation of seats for the forthcoming LG polls.

"The TELO had rushed into deciding on not to contest along with the ITAK after a lengthy meeting they had in Vavuniya on 5 November. However, the TNA is in the process of finalizing the allocation of seats.

Our Leader R. Sampanthan has pointed out that he was prepared to accommodate all constituent Parties regarding the allocation of seats.

The TELO Leader N. Srikantha and the Deputy Chairman of Committees and senior TELO Member Selvam Adaikalanathan......have discussed the pressing issues with TNA Leader Sampanthan and MP M.A. Sumanthiran. A compromise has been reached on settling issues between the ITAK and the TELO," Senathiraja said.

According to Senathiraja, the diplomatic community has also expressed its concerns over the present state of turmoil within the TNA. Meanwhile, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader Suresh K. Premachandran told Ceylon Today that a new coalition had been formed accommodating the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by former Parliamentarian V. Anandasangaree. Premachandran said that, "Several political organisations including a group of rehabilitated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres and several civil society organisations have joined hands in the new coalition and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed to maintain the unity of the new coalition."

He also said that he had decided to quit the TNA as the ITAK remained adamant in accommodating the views of other constituent parties.

In the meantime, ITAK Leader Senathirajah said that the TNA was not worried about the new coalition and that those who had fallen out with the TNA had their democratic right to form any coalition.

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