Oct 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is accused of working according to the decisions taken by one member of the coalition and ignoring the voices of other parties in the alliance.
Former MP M. K. Shivajilingam of TELO, one of the constituent parties of TNA, says that although the TNA is an alliance of five parties, the party is controlled by the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK).
As a result, the members of three constituent parties boycotted the Friday's swearing-in ceremony of the members elected from the TNA to the Northern Provincial Council.
Nine members of EPRLF, TELO and TULF boycotted the swearing-in ceremony held at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna under the patronage of Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran.
Addressing a press briefing held by the members of the three constituent parties and the elected councilors Saturday (12) in Jaffna to explain their decision to boycott the ceremony, Shivajilingam said that if they participated in the event it would have meant that they approve the decisions taken by the ITAK on its own without consulting other parties in the alliance.
He said there is no truth to the statements that they boycotted the event because the TNA did not assign mistrial portfolios to the members of the three constituent parties. The real situation is that the TNA has ignored their concerns and suggestions.
The dissident MPs to the Northern Provincial Council have decided to hold their own swearing-in ceremony on Monday (14) in Mullaitivu.
However, the Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph has come forward to mediate between the MPs and the TNA leadership to resolve the discord and the MPs have agreed to postpone the ceremony.
The Mannar Bishop has volunteered to hold a meeting with all the constituent parties of the TNA about its future political goals.