Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, the first Chief Minister of the province, today announced the formation of Tamil Makkal Kootani (TMK), a new political party led by him.
Wigneswaran, in a statement to media today, said his new party would uphold the “fundamentals of Tamil nationalism”.
The new political party is expected to adopt a harder line than the TNA when it comes to matters related to devolution of power and post-war accountability.
The announcement marks Wigneswaran’s official breakaway from the Tamil National Alliance, the party he represented since the last Provincial Council election, in 2013.
Wigneswaran announced the formation of his new party after the official term of the Northern Provincial Council expired.
Meanwhile, addressing a public meeting in Mullaitivu this week, TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senadhirajah said fielding Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the TNA in 2013 was a “foolish decision.”