Colombo props up "KP" led ex-LTTE outfit to defeat New Delhi backed TNA in Northern polls
by Upul Joseph Fernando
Though some are waiting in expectation for the release of KP alias Kumar Pathmanathan, it was a long time since he had been released. The fact that he was freed came to light officially when he recently toured the North East along with the leaders of the Tamil Diaspora.
This tour was wholly organized by KP. He made the entire arrangement as the unofficial Chairman of the of the Tamil Rehabilitation Centre. Although he was not officially appointed as the Chairman, yet, he did act unofficially as the Chairman of the TRC. To eradicate a tree in the forest, it is another tree in the thick of the jungle that must be used, is an old adage. Like how Prabhakaran’s armed wing leader Karuna was used by the government to annihilate the armed might of Prabhakaran, the government. is now using KP who built up Prabhakaran’s International network, to destroy that same international chain – a splendid effort indeed by the government!
KP has been the official leader of the Tamil Tiger Organization after the death of Prabhakaran. Although there was a divergence in opinion among the Tamil Diaspora over his becoming leader, following his appointment no one challenged his leadership. Likewise , after KP was arrested, no one was elected as leader. It is therefore discernible that the Sri Lankan government projecting and propelling KP as the current Tamil Tiger leader is utilizing him to destroy the Tamil Tiger Diaspora.
It is learnt that the first move of KP after his release was the invitation extended to the Chief of the Tamil Tiger transnational Govt. leader Rudrakumaran too to participate in the tour of the North and East organized for the Tamil Tiger Diaspora leaders. But, Rudrakumaran had rejected this invitation stemming from his conviction that the Sri Lankan government is trying to use KP to destroy the Tamil Tiger Diaspora, despite the fact that there exists close and cordial relations between KP and Rudrakumaran. Initially, the Sri Lankan government exploiting the ties between KP and Rudrakumaran sought to sow the seeds of dissension between Rudrakumaran and the Tamil Tiger Diaspora hardliners. KP urged the Sri Lankan government on several occasions earlier to discuss with Rudrakumaran , with this objective in view. But, because the Sri Lankan government did not evince much interest in this direction, it did not materialize. However, after America intensified its pressure on the government to initiate discussions with Rudrakumaran, the government became apprehensive, and became reluctant to give him an official welcome.
KP while helping the government to destroy the Tamil Tiger Diaspora is trying to portray himself as an independent individual. But, the government is aware that if he is to be used, he must be released and such release must be vindicated. It is on this account, the government is making the announcement that KP is going to be a future witness for the government in the Courts against the Tamil Tigers. By this, what the government is trying to demonstrate is that during the final phase of the war , the truth about the ‘white flag’ episode among the surviving leaders of the Tamil Tigers is known only to KP. He can therefore be made use of as a witness to lead evidence in support of the government.
Some sources say, KP may come before the Truth Commission appointed by the government and lead evidence in its favour. Nevertheless, there are reports that KP is averse to engaging in such an action, for it will trigger resentment among the Tamil Diaspora, and may provoke them to cry foul that he betrayed them. Consequently, he would not be able to do whatever service he wishes to do for the Sri Lankan government he had pointed out.
In India too, there are speculations that the Sri Lankan government is to appoint KP as its candidate for the post of Chief Minister at the Provincial Council (PC) elections in the North . Though it is beyond comprehension that KP will enter politics, yet the Sri Lankan government must be seeking to use him and win the North PC elections. It is reported that KP is a very popular figure among the Tamil Tigers in the camps. By meeting them he is making efforts to banish their despair and change their mindset. Hence, the government is thinking of winning over the pro Tamil Tiger sympathizers at the North elections by employing him.
It is perceptible that India with a view to implementing the 13th Amendment of the constitution in Sri Lanka wishes that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) captures power at the North Provincial Council elections. India and TNA are closely working together towards this objective. The Sri Lankan government may be aiming at using him in its campaign and defeat the TNA, even if KP does not contest the elections. What measures and strategies the TNA is going to adopt to meet the situation is yet obscure.
In case KP takes the initiative to defeat the TNA, that will constitute more a defeat to India than the TNA. India with a view to establishing democracy in the North and East has chosen the TNA to secure a political solution for the Tamil population, because the TNA which is not linked to the Tamil Tiger armed campaign however are sympathizers of the Tamil Tigers.
The Sri Lankan government has on the other hand chosen to defeat the TNA by using the Tamil Tiger militant leaders of the Tamil Tiger armed campaign, Karuna, KP and former Tamil militant leader Devananda.
Who will win in this competition is unpredictable. - courtesy: Daily Mirror -