New moderate Tamil party recognized in Sri Lanka
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo,
March 23, 2006, 1.29 p.m..
A new Tamil party, consisting of some very senior Tamil politicians
has come into being. The party, Akhila Illankai Tamil United Front
(AITUK) has also been given recognition by the Commissioner of
The party which aspires to be a driving force against all anti
democratic Tamil political parties also envisages that the country's
two decade long ethnic conflict should be resolved through a federal
solution in a united Sri Lanka.
The AITUK's constitution while impressing upon equality of citizens in
all parts of the country has also stressed that the rights of Tamils
and Muslims must be secured. The party has also vowed to work for the
betterment of those who were displaced internally and externally due
to the war.
"Recognition for the party by the Elections Commissioner was granted
on February 10, 2006," the AITUK General Secretary K. Vigneswaran told
the Lanka Academic. Dr. Vigneswaran a former parliamentarian was
earlier an advisor to Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) leader
Douglas Devananda, but broke ranks with him several months ago owing
to alleged 'undemocratic' style adopted by the EPDP leader.
Emphasizing why such a party was created, Dr. Vigneswaran pointed out
that the aim of AITUK was to rally together democratically minded and
likeminded people, as there was a void of such 'democratic
organizations' in the country's Tamil political sector.
Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt that many top notch Tamil politicos
such as former parliamentarians from the Tamil United Liberation
Front, Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, Eelam People's Revolutionary
Liberation Front, People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam,,
North East Provincial Council members and several Local Authority
Chairmen are said to be part of this new party.
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Published: Thu Mar 23 02:31:23 EST 2006