Northern Province Chief Minister to form a new political party

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said today that he will be forming a new political party under the name Tamil Makkal Koottani (Tamil People’s Front – TMK).

Speaking at a meeting of the Tamil Makkal Peravai, a civil organization formed by the Chief Minister, held in Nallur Kandaswami Kovil in Jaffna, yesterday (24), Mr. Wigneswaran said that he will conduct his future political activities under the new party.

He said the new party would uphold the fundamentals of Tamil nationalism.

The announcement by the Chief Minister to form a breakaway party is expected to force the Tamil National Alliance to make a decision on his party membership.

The main Tamil party has been critical of the Chief Minister Wigneswaran recently and the Chief Minister has distanced himself from the party, under which he contested the Northern Provincial Council elections in 2013.

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