The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has rejected nominations for TNA Provincial Council member Anandi Saseetharan to contest the August 17 Parliament elections. Saseetharan had requested nominations to contest and enter Parliament but the TNA had today rejected that request.
The TNA had noted that Saseetharan has already been given several privileges by the party and so a policy decision was taken not to give her nominations. Meanwhile, TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the TNA hopes to secure at least 20 seats in Parliament through the August election. At a meeting held in Vavuniya today, the TNA decided to handover nomination papers for its candidates contesting the election from the North and East on Friday.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan yesterday (6) said that he will not work with former LTTE cadres and implied that the party will not give nominations to former LTTE cadres. Speaking at the special meeting held yesterday among the important leaders of the TNA and the former LTTE cadres in Vavuniya, Sampanthan further told the Crusaders for Democracy Party (CDP), led by former LTTE cadres that they will not be entertained in the TNA.
CDP coordinator N. Vithiyatharan speaking to the media said the TNA Leader stressed if the former LTTE cadres are entertained in the party, this will create unnecessary problems. The involvement of former LTTE cadres in politics will halt the attempts made by the TNA to take forward the ethnic issue at international level.
“TNA Leader Sampanthan told us that he will not take decisions that will spoil the attempts taken by his party at international level to solve the ethnic issue,” he said.
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