By Mohamed Haniff
The first and only Chief Minister of the North East Province Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal said yesterday that he found all Tamil political parties did not have a common agenda.
“I’m now just an ordinary citizen, leading a very simple life. And this small man is making small attempts wherever possible in uniting Tamil political parties in a bid to make them adopt a common stand when they addressed issues concerning the Tamil people,” Perumal said in a brief interview with The Island.
The former Chief Minister said Nov. 22 would be an important day for the Tamils in the North and East as he had organised an event to commemorate the birth anniversary of EPRLF leader K. ‘Ranjan’ Padmanabha. It would be attended ITAK heavyweights like Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran (EPRLF), Dharmalingam Siddharthan (PLOTE), Selvam Adaikalanathan (TELO), Douglous Devananda (EPDP), V. Anandasangaree (TULF) and Sugu Sritharan (EPRLF).
The ceremony to be held at the Trimmer Hall, Jaffna, will also be used to honour non-Tamil personalities for the tremendous service they had rendered to the people of the North East, Perumal said.
EPRLF Leader Padmanabha was murdered with twelve of his comrades in Chennai in June 1990.
Perumal said although the war ended in 2009, nothing constructive had been done to solve the issues of the Tamils. “A new President was elected in January followed by a news government in August, but the promised action to solve these is being taken at a snail’s pace due to disunity among all Tamil political parties in the North and East.”
“Sunday’s ceremony to commemorate Padmanabha, a great Tamil leader who worked for the Tamils, will help pave the way for Tamil leaders of different political ideologies to unite when fighting for a common Tamil cause,” Perumal a graduate of the Jaffna University said. “I do not support or do not oppose the ideologies of any Tamil political party. I only want to get their assistance wherever possible to meet the reasonable demands of the Tamil population.”