CWC, UPF to jointly contest local elections
[TamilNet, Monday, 30 January 2006, 17:03 GMT]
The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) Monday
decided to field candidates in the forthcoming local elections jointly as
one group with a common symbol. The second round of talks between CWC
delegation led by its President Mr.Armugan Thondaman and UPF delegation led
by its President Mr.P.Chandrasekaran was held Monday in Nuwara Eliya. The first
round of talks was held on January 26 in Colombo, sources said.
Both parties have decided to strengthen the unity of all Tamil political
parties and also to guarantee the political rights of upcountry Tamils,
Mr.Chandrasekaran, UPF leader said
"We have also decided to bring all upcountry political and other groups
under one roof without weakening the political co-operation and unity with
the Tamil political parties of the northeast," said Mr.Chandrasekaran.
Mr.M.Sachchithanandam, CWC parliamentarians, CWC provincial councilors
Messrs V.Radhakrishnan, M.Nadarajapillai and Thurai Mathiyugarajah
comprised the CWC delegation. UPF delegation comprised Mr.A.Lawrence (Vice
President), Secretary General Mr.S.Wijeyakumaran, Finance Secretary
Mr.Sarath Athukorale, Central Committee member Mr.S.Wijechandran and
In the meantime, Mr.Tissa Attanayake, Assistant Secretary of the UNP said
Monday his party has decided to have talks with the leaders of the CWC and
UPF to form a grand common alliance to contest the forthcoming local
government elections, sources said.
But the leaders of the CWC and UPF Monday decided to obtain the views of
their members before taking a decision to form an alliance with the UNP or
to contest as one group alone, source said.