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
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
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
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
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
(c) We guarantee that the liberation of the
Tamils would be based according to the valuable democratic
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
We appeal to the international community, print
and electronic media all over to give us their unstinted support
Our party would hereafter be called in
abbreviation as T.M.V.P.