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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Tamil National Alliance in a quandary

By KT.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 21 January, (

It is unclear - what has gone wrong with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in their local government election campaign? Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) which leads the three party alliances, has suddenly become inactive and dormant, without any major political activities planned in all the eight districts of the North and East, where their candidates are contesting.

The two coalition partners – Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and People Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), right from the beginning of the allocation of seats for the local bodies, are not happy with the hegemonic approach of the ITAK leadership and maintaining a distance.

The ITAK which grasp the lion share in the selection of candidates, has on the sly entered into an agreement and arrangement with the Crusaders for Democracy - a political outfit of the ex LTTErs, without the knowledge, consent and approval of the other two coalition partners.

ITAK which leads the TNA have fielded nominations for all the local bodies in the 8 districts of North and East and also in the beginning held consultation meetings district wise with their candidates.

Subsequently, the ITAK leadership for reasons not known, begun to maintain a marked silence and became inactive.

They have not conducted so far any candidate introduction meetings in any of the eight districts.

The leadership has so far not released its election manifesto, whereas almost all the other political parties, including that of Douglas Devananda’s EPDP, as well as that of Former Chief Minister of the North-East, Varadaraja Perumal’s Tamil Social Democratic Party too has released their party manifestos.

It is said, as there remains a leadership tug-a-war with M.A. Sumanthiran MP who virtually controls the party’s politicking of the north, and it seems that it has become very problematic to establish an overall leadership of the ITAK in charge of the political campaign in the two provinces.

Other political parties contesting in the North and East have already started holding political campaigns, public and pocket meetings, but ITAK has so far no taken any steps to hold any such political activities in the two provinces.

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ITAK Leadership - M.A. Sumanthiran M.P., R.Sampanthan M.P., & S. Mavai S. Senathirajah M.P.
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