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Realignment of Tamil parties - A Square peg in round hole.

Jaffna, Dec. 2 -- Though in the North they say, 'Politics - a dirty game,' and keep on slamming pretentious self-serving Tamil leaders, but always the one who prevails is the 'Leader,' and not the 'People'.

The political leaders in the North are again bent on realignment, as Suresh Premachandran of the EPRLF has ditched the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) and joined force with Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC).

Already, the Tamil Alliance, for which one of its leaders, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Vigneswaran, has indicated his disinterest in joining forces with Suresh Premachandran.

Now it is reliably learnt that the issue of contesting the local government elections, on the choice of symbol has brought about a fissure, as Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam insists on contesting on his party symbol - bicycle.

Tamil United Liberation Front - TULF

But Suresh Premachandran is said to be of the opinion that, they should contest on a common symbol, appealing to the Tamil community, and at present the available one as an alternative to ITAK's 'House' symbol is the one ' Rising Sun' of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) of V.Anandasangaree.

According to latest report, it is learnt that Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam has indicated his disinterestedness with the 'Rising Sun'.

In the meantime, Suresh Premachandran had discussions with V.Andasangaree, of joining forces and contesting the local government elections in the 'Rising Sun' simbol.

Also, it is said that, Pararajasingham Uthayarasa alias Uthayan, Secretary General of Sri Telo too has shown interest in joining with Anandasangaree to contest in the symbol of' Rising Sun'. His main focus is Vanni districts - Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar.

However, the realignment of these three groups has to be awaited, as parties are working cautiously to narrow down their differences.

Tamil National Alliance - TNA

Anyhow, those parties at present who are ready to contest with Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi are TELO and PLOTE. A proposal of 40-30 - 30 has been floated to the ITAK, but ITAK is not satisfied with such a proposal. It seems they insist of 60-20-20 basis.

A spokesman for TELO said PLOTE only has joined the TNA grouping recently, therefore they could be given 15 and 30 for them and 55 for ITAK and it might be acceptable for all, he said.

Whatever said and done, it is only the ITAK leaders - Mavai Senathirajah and MA Sumanthiran - the duo, are supposed to decide on the issue tomorrow, when the three parties meets to finalize the seat sharing issues for the North and East.

Meanwhile, there is a move by the leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party, Annamalai Varatharaja Perumai, who has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance. Though he has had a few rounds of talks with ITAK leaders - Mavai Senathirajah and MA Sumanthiran, so far ITAK has not confirmed the position of Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal's party's in the realignment.

Sources told that, ITAK might bring up the issue of Tamil Socialist Democratic Party's membership request, at tomorrow's meeting with the TELO & PLOTE and would consult and finalize, before accepting them as another partner of TNA, in the absence of EPRLF.

Whatever said and done, all those political forces in the Tamil areas are parties who exploit the so called 'Tamil Nationalism?' - Square peg in round hole.

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Date:Dec 2, 2017
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