Karuna forms new political party
by Franklin R. Satyapalan

Renegade LTTE leader ‘Col.’ Karuna has launched his new political party and applied for registration, Tamil political sources said on Tuesday.

G. R. Gnanaraja, Secretary General of the new party, named TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TamilEelam People’s Liberation Tigers), claimed he had handed over an application to the Election Commissioner’s Office in Rajagiriya for registration as a recognized political party in Sri Lanka.

As the Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake was away in the Cameroons to monitor the elections there and would return in the latter part of this month, Deputy Commissioner of Elections P. Senanayake, when contacted by ‘The Island’, could not confirm this yesterday.

Secretary General Gnanaraja who claimed publicly that the new party had been formed, yesterday released the basic concept of the party’s manifesto.

Gnanaraja claimed that their struggle for the liberation of Tamils would be based on democratic principles.

He further added that while the new party would be actively engaged in winning back the rights of the Tamils while maintaining peace and harmony with all other communities in Sri Lanka and would adopt a non-aligned policy internationally.

The full text of the statement released by Secretary General of Tamil Eela Makkal Viduthalai Puligal reads:

We pay our heroic homage and remember our heroes who martyred whilst engaged in the struggle for our liberation and to those of our people who martyred in the battle for liberation.

Today, on 12 October 2004, we publicly claim the formation of our "TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Puligal" - Tamil Eelam People’s Liberation Tigers, our political party, under the able Presidentship of Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna.

It has been resolved that we shall continue our struggle until such time we retrieve back and win the rights and aspirations of the Tamils.

We are struggling for the past 20 years. But due to wrong leadership of the autocrat Prabhakaran our young nation has faced doom and destruction. Thousands of Tamil peoples have lost their lives.

Prabhakaran has created a wedge of enmity in the midst of the Tamils and has led the nation towards a ruinous path. Prabhakaran has not only ruined the leadership of the Tamils, but also has ruined everything, beginning from art, culture, including human compassion and all the righteous conducts of our people.

We started our struggle to liberate ourselves from the government of Sri Lanka, but today our Tamil people has to engage in a struggle to liberate themselves from the clutches of Prabhakaran.

For our nation to be liberated we needed the sympathy and support of the international community. This was also the history of those already liberated countries. But the situation of our nation has transformed into a different shape. Instead of gaining sympathy we have obtained the label as terrorists. The nobleness of the liberation was changed as "Terrorists" which was achieved by none other than Prabhakaran.

Our responsibility is not only winning back the lost rights of the Tamil nation, but also redeems our people from terrorist Prabhakaran. Therefore:

(a) We TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal hereby pledge that we will continue with our struggle until we win back our liberation under the leadership of Karuna.

(b) We hereby assure that according the advice and aspirations of the Tamil people, we will formulate our proposals and policies and would come forward to diligently implement accordingly.

(c) We guarantee that the liberation of the Tamils would be based according to the valuable democratic principles.

We appeal to the Tamils all over to provide us with all their support and assistance and also contribute their share in directing the Tamil nation.

We are giving separately the statement of our leader Karuna.

We appeal to the international community, print and electronic media all over to give us their unstinted support and cooperation.

Our party would hereafter be called in abbreviation as T.M.V.P.


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