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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

Vinthan Kanagaratnam TELO’s Choice For NP Ministerial Slot

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 17 July (

The nine-member Polit Bureau of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) has almost decided on Karthikesu Nadarasa Kanagaratnam (commonly known as Vinthan Kanagaratnam) the treasurer to replace B.Deniswaran as Minister of Fisheries, Transport, Trade and Rural Development on trade and commerce in the Nrthern Provincial Council.

The nine member -Polit Bureau of the party which met yesterday at Vavuniya has decided to inform the Chef Minister of the Northern Provincial Council by letter, latest by the 19th of this month, the name of their Party’s choice to replace the ministerial slot allocated for them.

“Asian Tribune” learnt that at the Polit-Bureau meeting, one of the councilor of TELO M.K.Sivajilingham has clearly expressed his disinterest in accepting the ministerial portfolio, hence it has been decided that members of the Polit Bureau should inform to the leader of the Party by phone, of their choice as Party’s candidate for ministerial slot.

“Asian Tribune,” also learnt that there was unanimity in their choice – Vinthan Kanagaratnam.

However, it was noted that, Vinthan Kanagaratnan is also another controversial figure, as his married life became questionable, when his wife poured kerosene on her and her two children and attempted to commit suicide.

Though, Vinthan Kanagaratnan is from Jaffna electoral district, he is a Christian and his choice would satisfy the religious requirements. But as far as the Dr. Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan, the other TELO member representing Mannar is a physician and it was revealed that he was not interested in the ministerial portfolio offered to the TELO.

Earlier, to the official letter sent to the Chief Minister of the Northern Province requesting him to remove and replace with their party choice, the chief minister responded that the recommendation of TELO would be taken into consideration.

In the meantime, when media personnel queried R.Sampanthan of the latest development in the Northern Provincial Council, he responded alleging either the TELO or the Chief Minister of the North so far have not brought to his notice about the Deniswaran affair in his capacity as the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance.

- Asian Tribune -

Vinthan Kanagaratnam TELO’s Choice For NP Ministerial Slot
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