Former LTTE militants contesting in Sri Lankan elections through Democratic Tamil National Alliance.

Former LTTE Militants in Sri Lankan Elections

Former LTTE militants in Sri Lankan elections aim for unified Tamil representation.

Former LTTE militants are entering the political fray through the Democratic Tamil National Alliance (DTNA), which plans to field a common Tamil presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. The DTNA, formed by ex-LTTE militants, includes parties such as Ealam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Tamil Desai Party, Tamil Ealam Liberation Organization (TELO), and People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Ealam (PLOTE).

The alliance opposes Ilankai Tamil Arachu Katchchi (ITAK) and seeks to represent Tamil interests by presenting a unified front. EPRLF, led by former MP Suresh Premachandran, initiated the idea of a common candidate to ensure that Tamil voices are represented without aligning with mainstream parties. A meeting held on Monday saw DTNA leaders discussing strategies to field a candidate who would advocate for Tamil rights and interests.

By forming this alliance, the DTNA aims to bring attention to the Tamil cause and challenge the dominance of mainstream political parties in the region. The coalition believes that by uniting, they can better serve the needs of the Tamil community and address long-standing issues faced by Tamils in the country.

The upcoming elections will be a critical moment for the DTNA as they strive to make a significant impact and ensure that the Tamil population has a strong and unified representation in the political landscape. This move by former LTTE militants signifies a shift from armed conflict to political engagement, reflecting a new chapter in the Tamil struggle for autonomy and rights.