The EPDP’s leading candidate in the Northern provincial polls race did not secure enough votes to obtain a seat in the newly elected council, compounding the party’s resounding loss in its former stronghold of Kayts.
Sinnathurai Thavarajah was the EPDP’s chief ministerial nominee even though the UPFA coalition also had a candidate from SLFP Angajan Ramanathan vying for the province’s top spot.
The EPDP contested Saturday’s poll on the UPFA Ticket and lost the Kayts polling decision badly to the TNA which polled a two thirds majority in the Douglas Devananda and Navy controlled islands off the Jaffna peninsula.
The islands have historically favoured Devananda’s party which won over 70 percent of the votes in the area in the 2010 parliamentary election.
The ruling coalition that managed only 7 seats on the first Northern council is believed to have sidelined the EPDP candidates in favour of Ramanathan who won a seat from the Jaffna district. Two EPDP candidate did also win seats.
Analysts believe the EPDP would have fared better in the election if the party had contested independent of the UPFA.
The Tamil Broadcasting Corp (TBC) Radio of London in Feb. 2012 reported that Thavarajah “has sought political asylum in London and in his asylum application, he has made all the allegations against Douglas Devananda and the EPDP [sic]. He is said to have visited the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to obtain special clearance for his visa to enter Sri Lanka.