Indian Consul General V.Mahalingham paid Rs.102 million election fund to TNA as election fund
Latest reports reveals that Mr. V.Mahalingham, former Consul General of India in Jaffna paid Rs. 102 million (onehundred and two million rupees) as election fund to be paid Rs. 2 million for each of the TNA candidates who contested on the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi ticket.
Furthermore reports revealed that Tamil Diaspora groups in the West gave a total of Rs.57 million as election fund to the TNA when it contested the Northern Provincial Council elections.
According to TNA sources who wishes to remain anonymous told Asian Tribune that the hot cash of Rs.102 million was collected by President of the Tamil National Alliance R.Sampanthan, Secretary to the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi Mavai Senathirajaj, Suresh Premachandran leader of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRLF) and Selvam Adaikalanathan of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO).
Furthermore, it was learnt the money given by the Indian Consul General was agreed and split by the constituent parties of TNA except for Anansangarees Tamil United Liberation Front and that of PLOTE led by Dharmalingham Siddharthan , according to the number of candidates each party nominated to contest on the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi ticket.
When Asian Tribune contacted V.Anandasangaree about the money he received as election fund from the TNA, he said that he received Rs.6 lakhs only from them, at the rate of Rs.2 lakhs for him and two lakhs each to his two candidates who contested in Kilinochchi as well as in Mullaitivu.
In the meantime when Asian Tribune contacted a few TELO candidates who contested in the last Northern Provincial Council elections, one of them said that he barely received Rs.one hundred thousand, another candidate Rs.Two hundred thousand and only one candidate was given Rs.three-hundred thousand.
It was very intriguing to note that the larger portion of the money donated by Mr. V. Mahalingham as well as by the Tamil diaspora were swindled and pocketed by the leaders of the TNA.
According to an information, when Mahalingham had a personal chat with one of the elected councilors of TNA, he was told by that particular Councilor that he only received Rs.200,000 .
Asian Tribune learnt that particular candidate was not from the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi.
The sources told Asian Tribune that candidates from the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi were given Rs.900, 000 (nine hundred thousand) each.
The TNA leadership also collected more than Rs.35 million from local supporters in the Jaffna peninsula, as well as from those in the South of Sri Lanka.
Important question raised was how TNA was able to bring in Rs. 57 million given by the Tamil diaspora in the West especially from a section o Tamil Diaspora living in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, France, Germany and Switzerland?
Another question was how V.Mahalingham was able to pay Rs. One hundred and two million in hot cash?
- Asian Tribune -