Our page one story titled `Pillayan gives final warning to Karuna` in yesterday`s Daily Mirror has rattled the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) with Karuna Amman himself contacting the Daily Mirror via telephone to say there was no truth in the report.
However within minutes of the telephone call from Karuna strong loyalists of Pillayan, whose authenticity was verified, contacted the Daily Mirror and insisted that all was not well within the organization as was mentioned in the news report.
According to the report a new factional war was threatening to erupt in the East as former TMVP commander Pillayan issued a final warning to Karuna Amman to leave the outfit or face the ignominy of being removed by force.
The warning comes as repeated attempts to reconcile the factional dispute between Pillayan and Karuna failed following allegations that Karuna continued to misuse TMVP funds and placed some of his enemies under house arrest as the support base for Pillayan continued to grow.
`Some elements are attempting to divide the TMVP by making all these claims mentioned in your story yesterday. There is no problem between me and Pillayan now. Everything is sorted but some people are trying to get involved in the internal matters of the TMVP to scuttle things,` Karuna Amman told the Daily Mirror.
Karuna said he was unanimously re-appointed the leader of the TMVP at a recent meeting of top officials from the organization which he said proved without doubt the unity within the TMVP that is involved in fighting the LTTE.
However contrary to Karuna`s claims a loyalist of Pillayan questioned if there was no issues within the TMVP why Pillayan was removed from his original position of supreme commander which made him second in command to Karuna.
`If Karuna could go ahead and remove his deputy and replace him with someone else it shows there is a problem. Pillayan wants me to tell you there is a problem and within the space of one month he himself will come out with a public statement about his split with Karuna,` a spokesman for the `Pillayan faction` told the Daily Mirror.
Amman however said the position of `supreme commander` was not important as the TMVP was aiming to be a political entity and not a military unit which was why the organisation put forward proposals to the APRC for a political solution.
The Pillayan spokesman meanwhile said they stood ready to work with Karuna if he admitted the mistakes including the alleged killing of Pillayan loyalists and the detention of several others as a result of the split. `But we will not wait too long,` the Pillyan faction warned.