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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

Pillaiyan says participation of UNP after having discussions with them indicated polls were not rigged

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader who is popularly kanown as Pillaiyan said that the very participation of the United national Party of the Opposition indicates that a fair poll will be held for the Provincial Council in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

“Before handing over the nomination papers a UNP leader had discussions with us,” Pillaiyan said. He said it was a great contrast from the time when the UNP boycotted the Batticaloa city local government elections held recently.

Pillaiyan, whose real name is Sivanesethurai Chandrakanthan, currently heads what is then known as the Karuna faction, who decided to become a democratic party after breaking away from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Subsequent differences with Karuna led to Pillaiyan becoming the leader.

Karuna was convicted of holding a false passport in the United Kingdom and currently languishing in a jail.

Pillaiyan did not reveal details of what was discussed between them and the UNP leader. His statement was broadcast by the Independent Television Network (ITN) in Colombo.

“ He said neither his party nor the government had the intention of rigging the polls. The government has already provided the required facilities to cement democracy in the East. The sole aim of their party is to see that the election is was free and fair. Mr. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan asserted that their determination is to take initiatives in this respect,” the ITN report said.

Pillaiyan’s TMVP party is now contesting the Provincial Council elections in alliance with ruling party of SriLanka headed by President Rajapaksa.

At a different press briefing Government’s cabinet spokesman and minister Anura Priyadarshana press briefing Government’s cabinet spokesman and minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the victims of election violence at the recent local government elections had been members of the TMVP, He said two of them had been kileed. While assuring a clean election, Yapa also predicted a victory for the government.

- Asian Tribune -

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