Tamil political parties pledge support to EPC
The Tamil political parties which contested the Eastern Provincial
polls have hailed President Mahinda Rajapaksa for appointing a Chief
Minister for the Eastern Province and called upon the new Chief
Minister, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan to work for the
unity and integrity of all communities in the East and work hard towards
expediting development in the region.
The leaders of the Tamil Democratic National Alliance consisting of
the TULF, PLOTE, EPRLF (Naba), Eelam People’s Democratic Party and the
Eelavar Democratic Front told the Sunday Observer that they were very
impressed by the bold decision taken by President Rajapaksa in resolving
the crisis situation with regard to the appointment of the Eastern
Province Chief Minister.
Minister of Social Services and leader of the Eelam People’s
Democratic Party Douglas Devananada who is also the Chairman of the
Northern Development Task Force Committee said: “Forming of the Eastern
Provincial Council gives hope for the Easterners particularly the Tamil
and Muslim communities in restoring peace and democracy in the region.
President Rajapaksa was tactful in choosing Pillayan as the new Chief
Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council.
However, now instead of talking about appointments and portfolios all
parties should give their fullest support to the newly formed Eastern
Development and peace should be the priority and our party will
extend its fullest support in making the Eastern Provincial Council more
meaningful and vibrant,” he said. Tamil Democratic National Alliance
stalwart and leader, People’s Liberation of Tamil Eelam Dharmalingan
Sitharthan said: The Eastern Province consists of all three communities.
Therefore, the new Provincial Council should act in an exemplary
manner in protecting communal harmony.
The Eastern province, what we know is devastated by war and lack of
proper political representation for people in the region. Since the
region was liberated from the clutches of the LTTE last year, the
Government succeeded in restoring local Government administration and
now establishing the Provincial Council.
We welcome the new Provincial Council in the East and pledge our
support to all Councillors.
The leader of the Eelavar Democratic Front Rajanathan Prabhakaran
said, “We welcome the newly created Eastern Provincial Council. The new
Eastern Provincial Councillors took their oaths before President
Rajapaksa despite the LTTE’s heinous bomb attack in Fort which claimed
the lives of ten persons and injured around eighty.
So the swearing in of the Eastern Provincial Councillors shows the
determination and boldness they have highlighted in restoring peace and
democracy in the East.
Several political parties and individuals contested the Eastern
Provincial polls. However, the issue of choosing a new Chief Minister
and creating the Eastern Provincial Council was well handled by
Our party, the EDF is very concerned about the development of the
Eastern Province. Without leaving room for petty political differences,
the new Eastern Provincial Council administration should concentrate
more on the uplift of the socio-economic spheres of the Easterners and
its function should be an eye opener for the hard core LTTE.