The Tamil National Alliance that won a historic mandate in Saturday’s provincial poll is mulling granting its two bonus seats on the Council to one of its unsuccessful Muslim candidates from Mannar and a female nominee, bypassing TULF Leader Anandasangaree, Colombo Telegraph learns.
It is reported that V. Anandasangaree who had unsuccessfully contested the elections from Kilinochchi where he was once MP, has sent feelers to the TNA about the option of entering the council on a bonus seat.
However it is unlikely the Tamil veteran politician will be successful in that endeavour, sources say.
“Other reports say that there is now a tussle for the 4 ministerships. The Health portfolio, it seems decided, will go to Dr. Sathiamoorthy who was elected from Vavuniya. Others hope to be appointed to one of the nominated seats and from that to the ministership. However some have offered the opinion that only those who contested and failed could be so appointed while others point to there being no such restriction for central ministerships. It should be a simple matter to resolve and one wonders if these are excuses to stall aspirants and buy time.” a TNA source told Colombo Telegraph.