by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
The United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA)Govt is trying to get 3 MP’s from the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)to cross over to the govt side.
Intensive efforts are on currently to entice two MP’s from the Wanni &one from the Batticaloa electoral districts to break away from the TNA.
The two TNA Wanni MP’s being enticed are Vino Noharathalingam & Sivasakthy Anandan.The B’caloa MP being wooed is Seenithamby Yogeswaran.
TNA MPs – Vino Noharathalingam & Sivasakthy Anandan and Seenithamby Yogeswaran
The wooing of the 2 Wanni district MP”s is being done by Industries&Commerce minister Rishad Bathiutheen who was also elected from the Wanni.
It is learnt that Bathiutheen is being assisted in this attempt by Sivanathan Kishore the former Wanni TNA MP who later joined the Govt.
Vino & Ananthan are being promised posts enabling them to allocate money for development projects in Mannar & Vavuniya electoral divisions.
Former Amparai district TNA MP Podiappuhamy Piyasena who crossed over to the Govt last year is “working” on B’caloa district MP Yogeswaran.
Yogeswaran who is an ardent Hindu is being told that he would be made minister of Hindu religious affairs if he crosses over to the Govt.
Despite the intense canvassing all 3 TNA parliamentarians have been resisting these pressures so far but for how long remains the question.
It is learnt that efforts are on to make the 3 MP’s break from the TNA before polls to 26 local authorities in the north &east are held.
The Govt is keen to break TNA domination of the Tamil areas in the north & east.The govt intends to campaign hard&win many local authorities.
Creating a split in the TNA & utilising the break away MP’s in election campaign is seen as a winning strategy. The TNA has 13 MP’s now.
Attempts are also on to encourage defection of certain influential TNA members from local authorities under TNA control in the north & east.
Intriguingly the govt plans to continue the on going political dialogue with the TNA while fomenting dissent within the party MP’s.
The TNA leadership has been alerted to the covert moves by govt figures &has begun counter moves to prevent party MP’s from breaking away.
This is a bundle of tweets posted on twitter by D.B.S. Jeyaraj