|Monday, 01 December 2003|
Vote illegal, says Sangaree
by Ranga Jayasuriya
Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) President V.Anandasangaree was yesterday expelled from the party's top post, the culmination of a dispute between the moderate Tamil parliamentarian and his colleagues who disagreed with Sangaree's independent approach towards the LTTE.
The Central Committee of the Tamil United Liberation Front who met yesterday at the party headquarters passed a no-confidence motion against Anandasangaree. "The TULF Central Committee passed a resolution stating that it had no confidence in Anandasangaree as the President," TULF General Secretary R.Sambanthan told the Daily News.
Out of 37 members who were present, 25 voted against Anandasangaree, while the rest voted for him or abstained from voting.
The Central Committee which met at 10.30 yesterday morning held a marathon session till 6 pm.
Sambanthan was assigned to detail the follow up action, mainly the election of the party president, party sources said.
Lawyer turned politician, Anandasangaree was elected to party President following the death of then president M.Sivasithamparam in June last year.
But since then the 70 year-old- Jaffna district parliamentarian was under fire from his colleagues over his independent approach towards the LTTE.
Anandasangaree disputed the claim that the LTTE was the sole representative of the Tamil people and was absent in all the meeting the Tamil National Alliance in which the TULF is the main constituent party had with the LTTE leadership.Two earlier attempts to oust Anandasangaree in the Central Committee, the most recently in last July failed.
Anandasangaree whose political roots running to the old Federal party was also criticized by the LTTE leadership, who, it was reported to have demanded his ouster. Anandasangaree was not available for comment.
When contacted Anandasangaree said the vote was illegal.
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