By Walter Jayawardhana

Vinayagamoorthy Muralidaran, alias karuna Amman , the former Eastern Province leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who broke away from the terrorist movement embraced parliamentary democracy by becoming a MP as he took oaths before the Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament.

The swearing in ceremony took place while the opposition United National Party (UNP) joined the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) , the proxy party of the LTTE and the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staged a boycott of the ceremony in protest against the former rebel leader’s new appointment.

Addressing the parliament, Muralidaran said , “the final military defeat of the LTTE is at hand at kilinochchi.”

He thanked President mahindaRajapaksa for helping him to enter the parliament as a list Member of Parliament of the governing Sri Lanka Freedom Party overcoming many difficulties. He said it was a great opportunity provided for the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka.

Shivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillaiyan, the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, The mayor of Batticaloa , Ms. Shivageetha Prabhakaran were seen in the public galleries of the parliament to witness their Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader taking oaths expressing allegiance to the constitution of the republic of Sri Lanka. National Freedom Front led by Wimal Weerawansa remained in the opposition benches to greet the new MP.

He told the parliament that although for a long period of time they thought differently and fought alongside the LTTE they formed the TMVP and entered the democratic mainstream of the country.

He said the Eastern Province has been liberated from the Tamil Tigers and is being developed under the fine administration of the TMVP of the Provincial Council. Rapid development was brought to the area , thanks to the President.

He said the LTTE has now reached the lowest level of their military power in its history and shamelessly trying to protect themselves using civilians as a human shield. He said their ultimate defeat at Kilinochchi is round the corner and after the defeat the people are looking forward to the same kind of rapid development now taking place in the East.

He also paid a courtesy call at the Temple Trees and met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the ceremony.

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