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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Political Bankruptcy of Ananthi Sasitharan Exposed

By K.T.Rajasingham
Jaffna, 22 October, (

Ananthi Sasitharan, the woman Minister of the Northern Provincial Council has illegally claimed the name- Tamil Self Rule Prty, which was earlier organized by Late V.Navaratnam M.P. in 1969.

In 1969, V.Navaratnam founded the Tamils Suyaadchchi Kazahagam (Tamil Self Rule Party) which campaigned for Tamil self-rule and independence for the Tamils speaking provinces of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Since of late, Ananthi Sasitharan also known as Elilan has announced that she has organized a new political party called Eelath Tamilar Suyaadchchi Kazahagam (Tamil Self Rule Party).

Ananthi Sasitharan contested the 2013 Northern Provincial Council elections, as one of the Tamil National Alliance's candidates in Jaffna District and was elected to the Northern Provincial Council.

Subsequently, she fell out with Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (the leading constituent party of the Tamils National Alliance), hierarchy and was suspended from the Party.

Though she was suspended, the Party so far has failed to take any further disciplinary action against her, for her anti-party activities.

In the meantime, she was sworn in as Minister of Women's Affairs, Rehabilitation, Social Services, Co-operatives, Food Supply and Distribution, Industries and Enterprise Promotion in front of Governor Reginald Cooray on 29 June 2017.

Again, she was given the additional portfolio of Trade and Commerce on 23 August 2017.

As she was no more in the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi, her chances of contesting as one of the TNA candidates became very remote and her chances of being welcomed in the other political parties too were remote, hence she was compelled to have her own political formation.

Recently she announced of forming Eela Tamils Suyaadchchi Kazahagam (EelamTamil Self Rule Party) – the name originally mooted by V.Navaratnam – considered ‘the Golden Brain’ of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi in the 1960s. He fell out with another stalwart of the Party A.Amirthalingham, left the Party and organized Tamilar Suyaadchchi Kazahagam (Tamil Self Rule Party).

Now Ananthi Sasitharan has pilfered the name of the Party with slight change (Eela) Tamilar Suyaadchchi Kazahagam (‘Eelam’ Tamil Self Rule Party).

This act clearly indicates the political bankruptcy of Ananthi Sasistharan.

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