TNA members boycotted oath-taking, Wigneswaran-trio effigy burnt in Mullaiththeevu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 October 2013, 11:44 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) supporters in Mullaiththeevu on Tuesday have burnt the effigy of NPC Chief Minister Mr CV Wigneswaran who took his oath before genocidal Colombo’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday. New Delhi Establishment’s External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Kurshid had already arrived in Colombo when Wigneswaran was taking oath to function under the 13th Amendment. Immediately after the ceremony, the visiting New Delhi minister received leading TNA personalities in Colombo itself on Monday evening and congratulated them. The effigies of TNA leaders Mr R. Sampanthan and Mr M.A Sumanthiran were also burnt along with that of Wigneswaran on Tuesday. Except four, all the elected TNA representatives in the NPC as well as in the SL parliament, had boycotted the oath-taking ceremony.

The newly elect Chief Minister Wigneswaran became unpopular among his people in the North for the first time on Monday when he took oath before Mahinda Rajapaksa, the executive president of genocidal Sri Lanka.

All the elected representatives except two, including Wigneswaran, in the NPC and all the parliamentarians elected by people, except Sampanthan and Vinayagamoorthy, boycotted the event, expressing not only Tamil Nation’s reservations against the regime of Rajapaksa’s, but also their symbolic rejection of the Sri Lankan unitary constitution to which Wigneswaran had to swear his ‘commitment’ in front of the SL president.

In the meantime, political analysts in Colombo, citing the arrival of the Indian Foreign Minister to the island and to the North, said that the oath-taking was a message to Eezham Tamils from the Establishments. The TNA hierarchy has also admitted that the oath-taking was done according to the wishes of the external elements.

The visiting Indian FM, who unofficially met the TNA personalities in Colombo on Monday, will have a scheduled ‘bilateral’ meeting with the NPC Chief Minister Mr Wigneswaran in Jaffna on Tuesday.

MA Sumanthiran, the appointed parliamentarin on TNA’s national list, had cancelled a foreign fundraising trip to be present in Colombo and Jaffna.

The senior parliamentarian from Jaffna, Appapillai Vinayakamoorthy, who had been invited to Colombo, told journalists in North after the Colombo episode that he was unable escape from the venue due to the pressure exerted on him by the hierarchy of the TNA. “Sumanthiran has trapped me into this,” he told the journalists. “I was waylaid as he told me that all the leaders of constituting parties in the TNA were to be present along with all the other parliamentarians. When I realised it was not the case, it was too late,” he told the journalists.

On their part, the TNA’s Sampanthan and Sumanthiran justified their act by saying they were adhering to the advices by the foreign governments that were telling them to have a smooth start of the NPC.

No TNA parliamentarian from the East was present at the venue, despite pressure from the pro-Establishment elite of the TNA. The leaders of the TELO, EPRLF too were absent.

The episode has demonstrated the prevailing ideological division between the Establishment-centric elitist minority among the TNA and the people-centric majority in the Northern Provincial Council.

Expressing his displeasure, Mr Sivajilingam of TELO told media that a clear message has been passed by the majority of the TNA to the pro-Establishment elitists, whom he named as the ‘Lion Flag group’ of the TNA. The episode has ironed out his differences with Selvam Adaikkalanathan of TELO.

In the meantime, a group of elected NPC members have stated that they were not prepared to take oath in front of CV Wigneswaran who has insulted the emotions of the Tamil people in his rush to serve the agenda of New Delhi and Washington in saving the Sri Lankan State and themselves from the crime of genocide and the ongoing structural genocide of the nation of Eezham Tamils.

Despite the murky history of paramilitary collaboration with Colombo and India, the people of Jaffna voted for Tharmalingam Sitharthan as he publicly embraced the fundamental tenets of Eezham Tamil nationhood during the election campaign, an act which demonstrated that the people were prepared to reconcile with their own given the new opportunity to join the mainstream Tamil national politics. But, Mr Sitharthan was simply instructed to be present at the venue by the Indian embassy officials in Colombo, informed sources in Colombo said.



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