Karuna forms new political party

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman yesterday launched a new political party in Batticaloa, the Tamil United Independent Front (Thamilar Aikkiya Suthanthira Munnani).

Karuna Amman said the purpose of forming a new party is to provide livelihood opportunities to former LTTE cadres and to assist widows of LTTE cadres and war victims.

The party will be based in the East and more focused on issues pertaining to the North and Eastern parts of the country and the people living therein.

Batticaloa district based civil society activist G. Kamaladas has been named as the General Secretary of the party. Accordingly the party will be registered immediately and the party office will be established in the Batticaloa.According to reports, Karuna has been critical of TNA’s political stance in light of the current plight of Tamil people in the North and East. He said, “TNA is internally divided and continues to deny role played by LTTE and Tharaki Sivaram on TNA’s formation. There are no leaders to lead Tamils after the defeat of the LTTE as the TNA indirectly supports the Government while sitting in the Opposition while people in the North and the East are suffering.”

Nawamm Thiravidar an existing political party has pledged its fullest support to the Karuna’s newly formed political party.

The launch was held at Hotel ‘Focus’ in Batticaloa.

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