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TELO raises possibility of new Tamil alliance as Shritharan takes up ITAK leadership

Following the disintegration of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a coalition of Tamil political parties that broke down last year, the leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) raised the possibility of once again teaming up with the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) under the new leadership of S Shritharan.

Vanni District Member of Parliament Selvam Adaikkalanathan said that his party is ready to make concessions so that all Tamil political parties can work together for a common goal.

“Five Tamil political parties are all traveling along one line and under the common symbol of the kuttuvilakku (traditional oil lamp),” he said referring to a memorandum of understanding signed last year by Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Tamil National Party (TNP), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the Crusaders for Democracy.

He further said that he welcomed the statement by Shritharan, the newly elected leader of the ITAK who called for all political parties to unite. He said they were willing to make any concession needed so they could work under a common symbol. He said they did not have any objections to changing the previous House symbol and that it was not healthy for all of them to have conflict with each other.

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