No-confidence motion against Anandasangaree
Bid to bring TULF under Tiger jackboot — Mrs. Amirthalingam

Mangayarkarasi Amirthalingam, widow of slain TULF leader Appapillai Amirthalingam in her observations on the reported pandemoniam at the no-confidence motion meeting of the TULF on Sunday against its leader V. Anandasangaree, claimed that it was unfortunate that a section of the members of her late husband’s party wanted to bring the party under the jackboot of the Tiger rebel outfit that killed her husband, a founder member of the party.

Mrs. Amirthalingam has told the ‘Asian Tribune’ that it was the TULF, the independent and moderate Tamil party, that represented the aspirations of the Tamils in Sri Lanka and all over the world.

She had made these observations to ‘Asia Tribune’ from her residence located outside London.

Leading a low profile life after the assassination of her husband, Mrs. Amirthalingam was in Sri Lanka last August to be present at the 76th birthday celebrations of Mr. Amirthalingam, organised by Mr. Anandasangaree at the Saraswathy Hall, Colombo.

Addressing this meeting, Mrs. Amirthalingam had publicly accused the LTTE leader Prabhakaran for the murder of her husband.

She had also alleged that Mavai Senadhirajah, who succeeded her late husband as Member of Parliament, had tried to destroy the Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (Federal Party) being treacherous to Mr. Amirthalingam who nursed him into politics.

Anandasangaree had celebrated Amirthalingam’s Remembrance Day publicly against the orders and threats of the LTTE.

Anandasangaree managed to survive after being shot and critically wounded by LTTE gunmen on July 13, 1989, the attack that killed Amirthalingam and V. Yogeswaran at the Opposition Leader’s residence in Colombo.

The incumbent TULF leader Anandasangaree has bravely defied pressure from the LTTE to surrender the rights of his party to justify the LTTE claim internationally that Tigers represented the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The ‘Asian Tribune’ report dated December 01, 2003 stated that TULF Vice-President Joseph Pararajasingham, R. Sampanthan and N. Raviraj (all Members of Parliament) who now oppose Anandasangaree had been introduced into TULF politics by the late A. Amirthalingam.

Anandasangaree has time and again refused to toe the LTTE line.

Raviraj who succeeded Mrs. Sarojini Yogeswaran as Jaffna Mayor after the latter was killed by the LTTE refused to go to Jaffna to participate in Municipal Council meetings due to LTTE threats, the Asian Tribune reported.