Tigers must enter democratic mainstream - TMVP Leader
TMVP Leader Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan talks to Nilantha
Ilangamuwa on becoming a Member of Parliament and his hopes for the
What Velupillai Prabhakaran missed in late 1980s at the conclusion of
the India-Sri Lanka Agreement (Indo-Lanka) and take the Tamil cause to
the halls of democratic discussion and governance his erstwhile deputy
Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan has achieved and this augurs well for Sri
Lanka even if it can only be a bubble of hope in the current
circumstances. President Mahinda Rajapaksa must be congratulated for
making such a move.
When the 42-year old veteran of jungle warfare, Vinayagamoorthi
Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman received his appointment as Member of
Parliament of the ruling UPFA, he contacted Nilantha Ilangamuwa and
shared his thoughts on present developments in his political career to
which he became transformed once he laid down his arms as a terrorist,
first under the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and later as head of his own
Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP).
There are no signs Prabhakaran will ever take to Parliamentary
democracy; destruction and devastation evidently is his way of life.
Breaking away from the LTTE for which his services were immense and
decisive especially in the Elephant Pass attack where the Sri Lankan
Forces suffered a terrible defeat, Muralitharan has made a difference to
Sri Lankan politics; the East has been liberated from the LTTE and
civilian rule is returning at an appreciable progress.
He said that his first act this morning was to express his deepest
condolence to the family and friends of Major General Janaka Perera and
his wife Vajira who were obviously killed by an LTTE male suicide cadre
in Anuradhapura and along with him a number of others too.
The killings have all the bearings and ingredients similar to the
manner in which Gamini Dissanayake was assassinated and that too on a
He said: “The LTTE wants to cause instability among the political
parties in the South because they are facing virtually an elimination
off the face of the earth,” and recalled the tragedy of the Thotalanga
election rally in the early 1990s at which Mr Dissanayake and several
others were killed by an LTTE suicide bomber.
When asked on what his new role as a Member of Parliament would be,
he said: “First of all I would like to thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa
for giving me this post and my intention is to give my full energy for
my people in the Tamil community as well as the Muslims and Sinhalese.”
“I became a guerrilla soldier because of the needs of my people at
that time but soon became transformed when I saw new hopes and also
valued the influence of some people in my life. I am not a victim to
personal interests. I lost of my older brother when we tried to fight
the LTTE virus in the East and now we have a civilian door opened to us
with welcoming hands from President Rajapaksa. This opportunity for me
now is to begin functioning as a civilian politician in the service to
Muralitharan, a father of three, was born in Kiran, a village in the
Batticaloa district in Eastern Sri Lanka. He joined the LTTE in 1983 and
became a top commander in the district he represented.
He even served as a bodyguard to the LTTE chief Velupillai
Prabhakaran. It is said he was the only LTTE-er who was allowed to have
arms on his person in the presence of Prabhakaran. In 2003 he was
elevated to the rank of Special Commander for the Eastern
Batticaloa-Ampara districts by Prabhakaran.
When Sri Lanka Guardian questioned him on his bad experiences in
London he said that he went there because he wanted to see his wife and
children. I had never seen them for more than two years.
“I used false travel documents because of threats to my life. I told
the truth to the immigration officials there. After that I was jailed
for a few months.”
He said further: “Don’t categorize me as a thief. I went there as a
father who didn’t see his children and wife for some time.
It was during that period I was involved deeply with military
operations against terrorism.”
Some Media reports had indicated he faced attack from LTTE supporters
in London when he was jailed but Karuna totally rejected those reports
as false. He said: “That is not true. The British officials gave me
heavy security during the period. I respected their service and I am
grateful to them.”
Again talking on his new task as a Member of Parliament, Muralitharan
said: “The last 20 years were a period of lost opportunities for
development in the area. The people were victims of a brutal war; they
lost just about everything they valued in their lives.
Now we understand the dream for Eelam is a lost cause and an
indelible tragedy of our people for generations to come. I urge my
former colleagues in the LTTE to lay their arms down and get back to
civilian democratic ways of life.”
He observed: “The only option to the LTTE is surrender to the
Security Forces before they are wiped out.
The young people who have been pressed into the LTTE have more energy
to serve this country and also they must enjoy this life. They have lost
a lot being involved in this foolish struggle.
The Tamil community has lost thousands of young people in the cause
advocated by a jungle terrorist.”
The former rebel leader is hopeful of a ministerial role in the area
of development. “ It will be possible, I can do more things for the
people as a minister if President Rajapaksa will appoint me as a
minister in his Cabinet,” he concluded.