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TNA to accommodate Muslim candidates

In what appeared to be a new political dimension, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the largest Tamil party, has decided to accommodate Muslim candidates on board for the election to the Eastern Provincial Council, party officials said yesterday.Disillusioned by the decision of SLMC to team up with the ruling UPFA, some Muslim activists have now decided to join hands with the TNA to form a strong lobby against the government.TNA National List MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror yesterday that there were requests from the Muslim community to field their candidates on the TNA’s ticket.“I am now in Kalmunai. We will definitely field some Muslim candidates,” he said.At this election, he said, the TNA would seek a mandate to ensure the rights of Tamil speaking people. “We will ask for the endorsement of our long standing policies for the rights of our people,” he said.In 2008, the TNA nominated R.M. Imam, a Muslim, as its National List MP to fill the vacancy created after M.K. Eelaventhan lost his seat for being absent in Parliament for more than three months without leave approval.Saturday’s meeting of the SLMC high command was tense with arguments and counter arguments over the decision to contest with the government. Some members were unhappy over the decision to join hands with the UPFA.

Author: TELO Admin