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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2762

Sivajilingham Resigns From the Membership of TELO

By KT.Rajasingham
Colombo, 04 November, (Asiantribune.com):

M.K.Sivajilingham, the Presidential Candidate in the 2019 Presidential race in Sri Lanka, has tendered his resignation, from even as a basic member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, (TELO).

He also confirmed that, despite any roadblocks placed before him, he would stage the sit-in protest in front of the New Secretariat in Colombo, as well as in front of the Prime Minister’s Office – The Temple Trees, on the 6th of this month, to emphasize the unconditional release of the Tamil political prisoners.

Earlier, the leader of the TELO Selvam Adaikalanathan, had told the media, that “The party had no relation to the nomination being handed over by Sivajilingham.”

“I have already handed over the resignation letter to the party leader and the working committee. I only resigned from the chairmanship, but my membership will remain,” Sivajilingham told the media.

Furthermore, Sivajilingham clarified that he had handed over the nomination, as an independent candidate and was not representing TELO.

Furthermore, he said that he was unaware of what decision the party might take, but he was ready to face any decision.

Subsequently, N.Sri Kantha, Secretary General of the TELO, has sent in a ‘show cause notice’ demanding Sivajilingham’s explanation for coming forward to contest in the Presidential Election, without any tacit approval of the Party.

Once such show cause notice was received, Sivajilingham has told ‘Asian Tribune’ that he has tendered his
written resignation to the Party, resigning from the basic membership of the Party.

TELO leader, Selvam Adaikalanathan said that they had received Sivajilingam’s resignation letter and that they had decided to accept it.

Speaking to reporters recently in Kalmunai, in the Eastern Province, Sivajilingham said that both candidates Sajith Premadasa and Gotabaya Rajaaksa have not considered the 13-point demands put forward by five Tamil political parties.

He said that very little has been done in the past to address issues faced by Tamil speaking people in the country.
Sivajilingham said that there cannot be a solution for the Tamils, without merging the North and East.

He accused the Tamil National Alliance of supporting Premadasa, even though Premadasa is not showing any interest in the Tamil issues.

Sivajilingham said that the TNA must accept the fact that the United National Party failed to address Tamil issues over the past four years.

Sivajilingham says that Premadasa has challenged Rajapaksa for a live debate, but on the contrary, he says he is prepared to face both of them, at any location to debate issues faced by Tamils, and he added that he is prepared to face the debate in the Sinhalese language.

Former two times member of Parliament (2001 & 2004) representing the Tamil National Alliance, the 62 years old maverick Tamil politician Shivajilingham started his political life with the TELO, however he is also a cousin of late LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Though, there were a few attempts by Prabhakaran to assassinate him, but survived and in the end, after the so- called demise of Prabhakaran, he was the one who conducted the last funeral rites of Thiruvenkadam Velupillai, the deceased father of Prabhakaran. He also took the responsibility to take care of aging Parvathy, the ailing mother of Prabhakaran and also did the last funeral rites of hers.

Earlier, Shivajilingham contested the 2010 presidential election, as an independent candidate. He came ninth after securing 9,662 votes (0.09%).

In 2010 Shivajilingham left TELO and TNA. He subsequently formed the Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) along with the present TELO Secretary General N.Sri Kantha and with other dissident members of the TNA. However, in June 2011 TNLA was dissolved and Shivajilingham rejoined TELO and TNA.

Shivajilingham contested the 2011 local government election as a TNA candidate and was elected to Valvettithurai Urban Council.

He contested the 2013 provincial council election as one of the TNA's candidates in Jaffna District and was elected to the Northern Provincial Council.

He took his oath as provincial councilor in front of Justice of Peace Late Dr.Mayilerum Perumal at a beach side Hindu temple in Mullivaikkal, a village on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka, which was the scene of the final battle of the Sri Lankan Civil War, on 14 October 2013.

Shivajilingham contested the 2015 parliamentary elections, as part of an independent group in Kurunegala District, but the group failed to win any seats in Parliament elections.

Shivajilingham has openly called for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes during the civil war. He has openly called for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to be tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

Sivajilingham since 2015, continues to visit Geneva annually, to participate in the NGO events, in the Human Rights Conferences.

Sivajilingham, a humble and simple man, used to frequent this writer at his house in Chunnakam for discussions on politicak issues. A good person to be friendly with. But Indian High Commission considers otherwise, without any favorable consideration on his 'overdue' entry visa application.

- Asian Tribune -

Sivajilingham seen pausing questions openly  to President Maithripala Srisena challenging some of his earlier utterances
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