North, East political parties oppose change in Trinco demographics

A letter signed by the political parties of the North and the East opposing the demographic changes in the Trincomalee District will be handed over to President Ranil Wickremesinghe upon his arrival from the UK.

Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kuttani (TMTK) Leader and MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) Leader Suresh Premachandran, People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) Leader D. Siddharthan, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) Leader Selvam Adaikkalanathan, and Tamil National Party Leader N. Srikantha are the signatories.

These parties are of the view that the change in the demography of the district will result in a definite geographical division between the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Speaking to The Morning, Siddharthan said that it is quite unacceptable that steps have been taken to detach the Thennamaravadi Division from the Kuchchaveli Divisional Secretariat (DS) and to merge it with the Siripura DS, and thereafter bring the Siripura DS under the Anuradhapura District.

“It is quite absurd that the Eastern Province Governor is trying to change the entire map of the Eastern Province. How can you bring a DS belonging to the East to some other area?” he queried.

Speaking to The Morning, Premachandran questioned as to why Thennamaravadi should be merged with the Siripura DS and be brought under Anuradhapura.

“That is the North Central Province,” he stated.

Another letter will also be handed over to President Wickremesinghe in regard to the acquisition of land belonging to the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple.