Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance cracked into four pieces; two strong rivals

(February 27, Colombo - Lanka Polity)  Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka has split into four identical groups although there are only two powerful factions. They are the TNA led by R. Sampanthan and the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the son of late Kumar Ponnambalam and the grand son of late G.G. Ponnambalam.

Former MPs S. Gjendran and Pathmini Sithamparanathan also contest under ACTC ticket showing political lining up of the Tamil nationalists.

Moderate liberal capitalist TNA contests for five districts with former MPs of the former parliament.

Tamil leftist MPs M.K. Sivajilingam and N. Srikantha have joined with Sinhala leftist Left Liberation Front led by Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratna.

Meanwhile the Karuna loyal Ms. Thangeswari Kathiraman contests under ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ticket together with Sivanathan Kishor and S. Kanagaratnam.

The government earlier accused Vanni district MP S. Kanagaratnam who was in custody for eight months for living with his people that were besieged a terrorism supporter. His son is in custody in suspicion of involving in the Colombo air raids of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Ealam (LTTE).


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