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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2645

Tamil parties divided over Jaffna mini poll

By our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 08 June, ( Many Tamil politicalD.Siththarthan - - future Mayor of Jaffna?D.Siththarthan - - future Mayor of Jaffna? parties representing the Northern people are yet undecided over the formation of a political pact to contest the forthcoming mini poll to the Jaffna Municipal Council, known as the key political body of local administration in the peninsula.

With ten days to go for nominations, the EPRLF, PLOTE and TULF are still engaged in discussion to form a pact while the TNA led by veteran Tamil politician, R.Sampanthan now overseas, stand undecided whether or not to go for the mini poll.

Tamil political sources indicated that the PLOTE and EPRLF looked to join hands as they have agreed that Parliamentarian D.Sidharthan, son of late Parliament D.Dharmalingam as the best choice for Mayoral candidate.

PLOTE and EPRLF are due to contact TULF leader V.Anandasangaree today to discuss the move to form a strong alliance.

TNA sources disclosed that if the party decides to contest the mini poll, their choice for the Mayoral candidate was former Jaffna Municipal Commissioner, S.Sivagnanam.

Tamil political sources said that the clash over the choice of the Mayoral candidate was unlikely to bring the TNA together wih PLOTE,EPRLF and TULF.

Meanwhile, EPDP leader, Douglas Devananda, a cabinet minister of the Rajapaksa government is yet to announce the stand of his party regarding the mini poll in Jaffna.

He has not made any indications that he would enter into a pact even with the UPFA of the Rajapaksa administration.

Sources said it very likely that the EPDP of Devananda may contest the mini poll as a single party to test its' strength in Jaffna, after the military defeat over the LTTE.

The LTTE has killed three former Mayors of Jaffna starting from the murder of Alfred Duraiappa, Sarojini Yogeswaran to K.Sivapalan.

- Asian Tribune -

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