TULF chief V. Anandasangaree and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda yesterday dismissed claims that they were in the process of setting up a new alliance to challenge the LTTE.
`There is not an iota of truth in this,` Devananda said, adding that he was not in anyway involved in a recent bid towards this end.
The TULF chief rejected reports on the formation of an anti-LTTE alliance as a figment of someone`s imagination. He said, `I very strongly deny these reports. I admit having met with the leaders of some political parties a number of times, when I felt that certain issues must be discussed with other Tamil parties. This is necessary because the Tamil Members of Parliament representing the North and East, are not expressing their views courageously even on matters of importance. Whenever the TNA Members failed in their duty I have issued statements after discussing with Leaders of some of the other Tamil Political Parties.
I have condemned the killing of the Police Officer Mr. Charles Abeyawardena and the killing of the five Tamil students at Trincomalee and the Pungudutheevu incident. After consulting the other party leaders I condemned the killing and burning of the Jaffna University student at Kudathansi recently for illicitly transporting sand. Even the University students did not condemn this horrible murder of one of their colleagues.`
`We had been meetings off and on whenever a need arose. Our last meeting was a couple of days back to protest to the Commissioner of Elections and the President against the holding of elections to Local Bodies in the North and the East, where we are convinced that what happened during the last Parliamentary Elections will be repeated.`
`I have nothing to do with any New Party that may be formed, but I will continue to meet leaders of other parties who agreed with me to condemn actions which affect the Tamil people with which we don`t agree. There is no need at this moment to form an anti-LTTE front with the other parties. I do not know Karuna. I have never met him. The rumour that he may join us is spread with mischievous intentions.`