V. Navaratnam, ex-MP,dies in Canada

Mr. V. Navaratnam, MP for Kayts in the 1965 parliament and the only surviving founder member of the Federal Party (FP) died in Montreal, Canada on Friday evening aged 97-years.

Navaratnam running as an independent lost Kayts to the Federal Party’s K.P. Ratnam both in 1970 and in 1977. However, his support in the constituency was manifest by his polling 4,758 votes in 1970 and 8,673 votes in 1977 despite losing a seat he had previously won on the FP ticket. At both these elections he finished behind Pundit K.P. Ratnam of the Federal Party.

Navaratnam was an Attorney-at-Law and was convinced after negotiating for a federal structure for almost three decades "that the Sinhala polity would never compromise or agree on any decision to share state power with Tamils," TamilNet said yesterday.

Reporting his death, the LTTE website said that Navaratnam left the Federal Party calling upon Tamil youth to fight for the establishment of a separate self-governing Tamil state as early as in 1969.


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