TNA MP may defect to government side

Post-war politics
By Chris Kamalendran

A Wanni district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament is set to join the government, marking the first defection from the TNA, government sources said.

The member, Sivanathan Kishore, abstained from voting against the extension of the state of emergency in Parliament though seven other members voted against it.

Mr Kishore contacted by The Sunday Times said it was ‘premature to comment’, but did not rule out the possibility of contesting the Parliamentary elections on the SLFP or UPFA ticket.

The move comes amidst several overtures by the government to TNA members and other Tamil parties to join the government or the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

The Sunday Times learns that the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) also has been under pressure to contest the upcoming local elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya with the government and the party is now likely to accept the offer, though it rejected the proposal earlier. However, EPDP leader Douglas Devananda said a decision would be taken within two days on whether to contest on the EPDP ticket or go with the SLFP.

Meanwhile, two Batticaloa Municipal Council members who were with the TMVP led by Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan yesterday crossed over to the SLFP. They were Wellington Rajendra Prasad and Namasivayam Krishnanandan.

Earlier in the week Batticaloa Mayor Sivageetha Prabhakaran, also a TMVP member, joined the SLFP.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
Other News Articles
EPF, ETF billions to the rescue
TNA MP may defect to government side
Powerful new post likely for Gen. Fonseka
Fasten your belts or face fines
Toilet crisis in IDP camps: UN report
All set for 180-day programme
Transfers for senior police officers
quite A handful
UN agency to increase funding to resettle displaced families
Press Council reactivated
Five Lankans killed in Saudi road accident
Alleged torture of fellow cop: State to defend accused
UAE thanks Lanka
Six more years for Rajapaksa without polls
Man escapes from female bear hug
Fertilizer racket deep rooted
Police to resume duties in Wanni
Remembering Prof. Anton Jayasuriya
Senior professorship after retirement
Women and orphans to get priority in camps, say officials
Indian expert vows to revive war-ravaged north with green revolution
We never thought this day would dawn
Kelaniya clash: Dispute over who attacked whom
‘Stranger in the House’
Misplaced phone number helps nab suspects
Was monk poisoned by kasippu barons?


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2009 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution