Political parties across the spectrum welcomed an LTTE entry into electoral politics `if this is genuinely the case`.
The Leader of the TULF V. Anandasangari said yesterday there was a sinister move to keep the Tamil youth divided into various groups. All these militant groups were registered as individual political parties at a time when there was a requirement by the Elections Department that to register as a political party one of the members should be a Member of parliament, an ex MP or a Senator.
This requirement was overlooked to register political parties and as a result, the Tamil groups belonging to different political parties remained so. There would not have been so many political parties in existence today, if this rule had been strictly enforced, he pointed out,
`The net result of that is there are so many parties functioning today.
The LTTE, which never functioned as a political party or did not have any democratic organisation under it, is today in the field contesting the Provincial council elections. `If the LTTE is prepared to come back to democracy it can ask the Government to hold the Provincial Council elections to the Northern province soon after the elections to the Eastern Provincial council are over.