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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

Pro-LTTE wing stopped from expelling the President of Tamil United Liberation Front

Colombo, 11 October, (Asiantribune.com):The move of pro-LTTE wing of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) to expel V. Anandasangaree, its President, was halted on Monday by the Colombo High Court Judge, Aruna C. Ranasinghe, who issued an injunction restraining General Secretary R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham, Vice President of TULF from violating the party constitution. V. Anandasangaree challenged the move of  R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham to expel him arguing that it violates the constitution of the TULF. V. Anandasangaree challenged the move of R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham to expel him arguing that it violates the constitution of the TULF.

In his petition Anandasangaree said that the General Secretary R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham and the VicePresident of the party were attempting to expel him from the party leadership, and to hold meetings without his permission. Anandasangaree challenged the move of R.Sampanthan and Joseph Pararajasingham to expel him arguing that it violates the constitution of the TULF. Anandasangaree has consistently refused to toe the pro-LTTE politics which claims, among other things, that the Tamil Tigers are “the sole representative of the Tamils”.

A clash occurred on November 30, 2003 when the executive met to move a vote of no-confidence against the party leader. Anandasangaree had informed the participants of the meeting that the committee had no power to decide such a matter, but the party secretary had moved for a vote on the no confidence motion. He then dissolved the meeting.

Later the pro-LTTE wing had issued a press release saying that the majority of the party had expelled Anandasangaree from leadership. They had proceeded to hold a meeting of the executive committee in Ampara later in December 2003, without the consent of the President Anandasangaree.

He then sued the pro-LTTE wing pleading the court to declare that the actions of the General Secretary R.Sampanthan and Vice President Joseph Pararajasingham were unlawful.

The Court decided the case on Monday in favour of Anandasangaree. S.L. Gunasekera instructed by Dissanayake Amaratunga Associates appeared for the petitioner.

- Asian Tribune -

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