Former Supreme Court Judge C.V.Vigneswaran has nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council elections by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).
TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the decision to nominate Vigneswaran was taken at a decisive meeting held by the TNA today.
There was a rift in the TNA over the nomination with the northern members of the Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) threatening to contest the Northern Provincial council polls independently if Vigneswaran is nominated as the Chief Ministerial candidate by the TNA for the polls.
ITAK is a coalition member of the TNA and they want TNA General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah to be nominated for the post while TNA leader R. Sampanthan was backing Vigneswaran.
According to reports, ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya and also Trincomalee in the East have sent a letter to the TNA leader strongly opposing moves to nominate Vigneswaran.
If the TNA appoints Vigneswaran then ITAK members in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Kilionochchi and Mannar have said they will contest the Northern polls independently and not under the TNA ticket.
While most TNA members feel Mavai Senathirajah is the best candidate since he has been in the North most of his life, others feel Vigneswaran may be best with his legal background. (Colombo Gazette)