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* Political party conforming to LTTE to be launched in Tamil Nadu - report
Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 11, Colombo: An Indian media report says that a political party which is to be launched in Tamil Nadu next month is expected to toe the line of the LTTE.

The Indian Express has reported that the Tamil party is to be launched on May 18, the first anniversary of the death of the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his senior cadres, by film director Sebastian Seeman, a fervent Tiger supporter.

Sebastian Seeman had unveiled the Naam Tamilar (We the Tamils) party's flag, yesterday. The party's flag closely resembles the rebels' Tiger insignia sans the twin rifles in the background, says the report.

Naam Tamilar, now functioning as a social outfit is said to be aimed to toe the hardline abandoned by other Dravidian parties over the years on issues ranging from the situation in Sri Lanka to Mullaiperiyar and seek a better deal for Tamils and Tamil Nadu.

The organisation was formed during the last days of the Lankan conflict when Tamil Nadu witnessed a string of protests.

Seeman has himself faced charges, including those under the National Security Act, and was even deported from Canada for speeches that propagated extreme views.

"The proposed date of the political party's launch, May 18 is a black day; a day Tamils can't forget that easily," Seeman's online announcement reportedly states.

"The DMK and AIADMK do not have the welfare of the Dravidians on their agenda. We will take it up. This is a long-term plan," he has said on Saturday.

According to the Indian Express, Naam Tamilar is a fringe outfit that has so far attracted a section of the youth dissatisfied with the response of the mainstream parties to the Lankan war.

"We are not a secessionist or chauvinistic organisation. On the other hand, we are supporters of the integrity of the nation. We only demand fairness when it comes to issues concerning Tamils," said Seeman.

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