By Jamila Najmuddin
The TMVP is to decide on Saturday if they will contest the upcoming general elections with the government or independently. TMVP Spokesperson Azath Maulana told Daily Mirror online that a high level meeting with TMVP leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan will be held in Batticaloa on Saturday to decide the TMVP’s stance.
Maulana said that the TMVP politburo, the TMVP acting committee, and several high ranking officials will also attend the meeting.
“We will take our final decision on Saturday. We have several factors to discuss and we need the advice of some individual officials who will also be attending,” Maulana told Daily Mirror online.
When questioned if any government officials would be attending the meeting, Maulana declined saying that the party would meet with the government only after a decision is reached.
“We are very good friends with the UPFA. However we will do what is best for our future,” Maulana added.
The Daily Mirror online has learnt that a majority of the TMVP members are keen on contesting the upcoming General Elections as an independent party and not in alignment with any political party.
Several senior TMVP members have also conveyed their decision to Pilliyan and have stated that going solo during the general election would be better for the party’s future. Maulana said that all angles would be taken into consideration by Pilliyan and the committee members before reaching a decision.
“We are well aware that several members want to contest independently. They say it is better for our future. We will do what is best,” Maulana said.