TNA constituent parties agitate for reforms

By Mohamed Haniff

Leaders of the four constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will have a top-level meeting in Vavuniya shortly to discuss and sort out some long-standing issues within the alliance, People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Ealam (PLOTE) leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan said.

“Registration of the TNA as a political party, how its composition should be, the leadership of the TNA, formation of new district committees, powers and authorities to be devolved to each of these units are some of the items on the agenda,” Siddharthan told The Island yesterday.

 

According to the PLOTE leader, ITAK leader Mavai Senathirajah, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran and TELO leader Selvam Adaikalanathan are expected to participate in the meeting of the TNA which has sixteen Members of Parliament.

Following a discussion on the issues next Sunday, a final collective decision would be taken on drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) incorporating the matters agreed among them, Siddharthan said.

The PLOTE leader pointed out that though the TNA had been formed in 2001, there was no legal document to expressly state “these are the constituent parties in it.” Everything had been agreed upon verbally, he said. “We have been agitating continuously to have the TNA legally registered as a political party.”

“Most probably, there would be some constructive outcome from Sunday’s meeting,” Siddharthan, son of former TULF MP for Manipay, V. Dharmalingam said.