The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Tuesday appointed a five-member committee to look into the possibility of registering the Alliance as a political party.
The committee includes Parliamentarians Mavai Senathiraja, Suresh Premachandran, M.A. Sumanthiran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Provincial Councillor, Dharmalingam Siddharthan.
TNA Leader, R. Sampanthan, warned the Alliance…
…membership to be on their guard as the government was scheming to dismantle the TNA. Several members of the constituent parties were up in arms against Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader, V. Anandasangaree, over the recent remarks he had made, which the TNA described as detrimental to the integrity of the Alliance.
The TNA held a two-day meeting in Trincomalee on 29 and 30 April, where they discussed recent political developments in the country. The meetings were held at the Trincomalee Urban Council auditorium, chaired by Sampanthan.
The parliamentarians from all constituent parties in the TNA and the Alliance’s Provincial Councillors from the North and East and Northern Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran participated in the two meetings, where several other issues, including the UN’s stance on the investigations into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Geneva Resolution and the new initiative to find a political solution from South Africa were discussed in detail.
The TNA Leader said, the people in the North and East have tremendous confidence in the TNA and it was due to their support the TNA achieved a landslide victory at the Northern Provincial Council polls.
“Therefore, the government is making plans to weaken the TNA and ultimately to dismantle it. So, none of the TNA members should give room for the government to fulfil its ulterior motives,” Sampanthan urged.
Meanwhile, the TULF has emphasized on the registration of the TNA and requested the Commissioner of Elections to expedite the process of registration.
Secretary General, Anandasangaree, speaking to Ceylon Today, said the present TNA was formed by the former LTTE political wing leader as he was instrumental in the election of six of the 12 TNA parliamentarians in 2004, and that the LTTE members are there in the present TNA as well.
Anandasangaree added, that his stance on the TNA was that the Alliance was misused by interested parties for their personal gains, including collecting funds, and was not interested in finding solutions to the people’s problems. “At this rate we will never achieve anything. The TNA will remain as a stumbling block. The TNA’s sole purpose now is to eradicate the TULF.
“In my opinion the TNA, by acting contrary to the purpose for which it was formed, and by exceeding its limits, misleads the people and guides them towards destruction. The only parties that have a right to use the name TNA is the founder members of the Alliance, who can jointly remove or take in any party which they consider as working favourably to achieve the TNA’s goals. Hence, please stop the ITAK misusing that name for their growth and to mislead the people. Please give the right to register the TNA as an Alliance or bring any changes in it to the four founder members of the TNA,” he said.