Pillayan front runner says TMVP

The Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) says party leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan is the front runner for the government as the candidate for the post of Chief Minister at the Eastern Provincial council elections.

TMVP spokesman Azad Maulana said that while the government has not yet officially named Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan as the Chief Minister candidate at the Eastern polls, so far there is no one else to challenge him.

“Our leader already has to sacrifice one year as Chief Minister as the elections are being held early and there is no one else in the government to challenge him for the post either so he is most likely to be the candidate,” Maulana told the Colombo Gazette.

During the last local council elections in the Batticaloa district in March 2008, which was held after 10 years. the TMVP won all 9 councils.

The Batticaloa town was the only local council where the TMVP contested under the United People’s Freedom Alliance.

Overall the 37 member provincial council election in the East in 2008 was won by the ruling UPFA with the highest number of 20 seats.

TMVP leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan gained the highest number of preferential votes in Batticaloa and was named the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province.


(Report by Easwaran Rutnam)