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Eelam’ tag of political parties should be removed: Lanka Oppn

[PTI, Saturday, 30 May 2009 14:09 2 Comments]

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party has asked government to initiate steps to "defeat politically" the ‘Eelam’ ideology after the security forces’ comprehensive victory over the LTTE which had been fighting for a separate state.

Now that the LTTE leadership, including its chief V Prabhakaran, had been finished, there was an urgent need to look at various ways of defeating the concept of ‘Eelam’ or a separate Tamil homeland through political means, United National Party (UNP) leader Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

It was high time the government politically defeated the ‘Eelam’ ideology, he said, adding pressure should be mounted on concerned parties to remove ‘Eelam’ word from their names.

He was referring to Eeelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), People Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS).

"Action needs to be taken regarding political parties carrying the name Eelam. The LTTE has imposed this concept on the minds of people who lived in the North and East.

"They have been made to believe they were living on a land described as Eelam under a separate flag. Now we have to through political means replace the Eelam concept or mindset with the one that we are all Sri Lankans," the UNP leader said. PTI

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  • ramesh said:

    Soon Sri Lankan Government will ask us to drop our identity as Tamils. and may also ask us to change our names.

    What a bunch of #########

  • Selva said:

    Rajapakse will get interrogated for his war crimes. Inspite of all his crimes he let loose Potu amman and Prabhakaran. Yes LTTE did lose this battle field. But the war was not lost. Fight for freedom will emerge back.