Wanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, Sivashakthi Anandan, has pointed out that nearly 90,000 war widows are living in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces. He added 50,000 of them were young women from the families of ex-cadres of all militant outfits from the North and the East.
Sivaskathi Aanandan was addressing an event to mark the 23 death anniversary
of the founder leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), K. Pathmanabha, held in Batticaloa last Thursday (20).
EPRLF Leader Padmanabha was brutally murdered along with several other senior members of the EPRLF, on 19 June, in Chennnai, Tamil Nadu, 23 years ago by the LTTE.
Since then, the EPRLF commemorates 19 June, as its own martyrs day, remembering other cadres who were killed in various circumstances, when the clashes were in progress in the North and the East.
The TNA Parliamentarian further said, the Tamil community has lost about 50,000
militants in the freedom struggle. “Today, the Tamil issue has been
internationalized to a great extent. The late EPRLF Leader Pathmanaba once said, the Provincial Council system should be considered as a basis to find a political solution.
Therefore as we are now more focused towards finding a political solution to the Tamil question, the NPC polls should pave way for us to fulfil our political aspirations,” he said.