In a fresh development in the Tamil political front, a former Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister, Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says he would consider joining forces with the Tamil People’s Council (TPC) provided it genuinely represents the aspirations of Tamil speaking people.
Muralitharan’s move to back the council has been speculated ever since its formation, as he had been critical of the lethargic progress of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on addressing the key issues of the people.
Muralitharan, who split from the LTTE in 2004 and joined the democratic mainstream, told Nation that the formation of a council such as the TPC was a need of the hour since the TNA had given a dead rope to the people. “What has happened is that the TNA’s actions have deprived the Tamil people of their chance to demand for their rights. In addition, it has also affected the development activities in the North and East,” he said.
Muralitharan further pointed out the fact that the council was established and spearheaded by the Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, who is also a former Supreme Court Judge, would have a high level of acceptance among the people.
Meanwhile, Wigneswaran told Nation that the proposals by the TPC were still in its drafting stages and it would complement the stance of the TNA. He further said he had no problems with the TNA or its leader R. Sampanthan.
The TNA however has stated that it would not work with the TPC, adding that it had its own proposals which would be presented to the Government in the near future.