Disunity caused ITAK’s downfall – Sumanthiran
By Ananth Palakidnar
Jaffna District Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Parliamentarian Elect, M.A. Sumanthiran claimed the disunity within the ITAK was the main reason for the big drawback of the Party at the 5 August Parliamentary Polls.
President’s Counsel Sumanthiran, who is one of the three Members elected from the ITAK to the Parliament from the Jaffna District, said there were several issues which remained within the ITAK and the disunity in this Party, which is the flagship of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), also led to the downfall of the ITAK, which had 16 seats in the previous Parliament and was the main Opposition.
Sumanthiran said: “The President of the ITAK, Mavai S. Senathiraja from Jaffna and the Party’s General Secretary K. Thurairetnasingam from Batticaloa, have also lost badly at the Election. So their defeats too show how far the ITAK, which is the premier constituent Party in the TNA is in a state of disorientation.”
Sumanthiran pointed out that the ITAK has learnt a bitter lesson at the Election this time. The ITAK with the symbol of the house has won 10 seats while securing only three seats from the Jaffna District. The ITAK-led TNA, in its prime, had 20 seats.
In the previous Parliament, there were five seats from the Jaffna District and this time the ITAK managed to win only three seats, with Sumanthiran, D. Sidharthan and S. Sritharan being the three members elected from the District.
Senathiraja and Uthayan newspaper publisher and the former ITAK led TNA MP E. Saravanapavan have lost their seats in Jaffna District.
Sumanthiran, commenting on the victories gained by C.V. Wigneswaran of the Tamil Makkal National Front and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress, said they should come forward to working with the ITAK and they would be most welcome to join hands with the ITAK.
Expressing his views on the victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, he pointed out that the SLPP’s victory could be considered a big wave which had created a big impact on Southern politics. He also noted that the SLPP was strong enough to form a new Government with a two-thirds majority and the Party did not need to seek the support of any other parties to gain the two-thirds majority.