Feb 12, Colombo: The former LTTE leader turned deputy minister of the former Sri Lankan government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman yesterday launched a new political party to voice the concerns of minority Tamils in the North and East.
Muralitharan, who was appointed as a vice president of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, launched the "Tamil United Freedom Party" on Saturday in Batticaloa.
Speaking at the inauguration of the party, Muralitharan said the party would be based in Batticaloa and would also open branches in the North and the East. He told local media that discussions will be held on Tuesday with the Elections Commission over the new party. He said the party will be registered soon and a party office will be opened in Batticaloa.
Batticaloa District Civil Organization President T. Wimaladas has been appointed as the General Secretary of the new party.
Muralitharan, who was once the LTTE area commander in the East, fell out with the LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran and took the leadership of the breakaway faction of the LTTE, Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP).
Following the end of the war in 2009, Muralitharan joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party with his supporters accepting former President's Mahinda Chinthana concept. After joining the SLFP he was appointed as the non-cabinet Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation.