Although opposition parties alleged widespread vote-rigging, the government's United People's Freedom Alliance in a coalition with the TMVP
secured the majority in the new Provincial Council, and TMVP
leader Sivanesethurai Chandrakanthan ("Pillaiyan") was sworn in by President Rajapaksa as Chief Minister.
, led by ex-rebel commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better known as Col.
Rizvi made this order when the President TMVP
party and Eastern Provincial Councillor Sivanesadurai Chandrakanthan, former National Coordinator TMVP
party and Eastern Provincial Councillor Edwin Silwa Krishnanantharaja, K.
had split from the Tamil Tigers and fought against the Tigers but an internal rift in the TMVP
saw Pilayan and then TMVP
leader Karuna Amman go their separate ways and in 2007 Pillayan was made leader of the TMVP
Subsequently, the TMVP
contested the Eastern Provincial Council elections in 2008 and won and Pillayan was made Chief Minister.
In the last election, the TMVP
obtained 3 sets in the Batticaloa district and he predicted that they will easily win 5 seats in this election.
Members of groups such as the EPDP, EPRLF, PLOTE and TMVP
had carried arms for self-protection against LTTE attacks.
Colombo, July 27 -- CaFFE - Campaign for Free and Fair Election welcome the self act by the TMVP
when the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP
) contesting under the UPFA banner, when it came forward to remove their biggest cut out erected in Batticaloa town.
There will be 6 TMVP
candidates led by Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan, the former Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council for the Batticaloa district, 3 candidates of Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen's All Ceylon Muslim Congress and now there will be 4 SLFP candidates.
On behalf of the TMVP
, 6 candidates are contesting in the Batticaloa district another 3 in Trincomalee and 3 in the Ampara district.
High Commissioner separately interacted with leaders and other representatives of SLFP, UNP, SLMC, ACMC, NC, TNA and TMVP
as also religious leaders and members of civil society.
Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of the first Delegates Convention of the (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal) TMVP
held in Batticaloa Sivananda College ground on Sunday (18)