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
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
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.