Advocating a one party polity for the Northern and Eastern Provinces more than fifty front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam demanded that its opposition Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) be expelled from Jaffna
Acting against all fundamental rights granted to its citizens by the Constitution of Sri Lanka to form political parties of their choice the LTTE front organizations demanded that the EPDP, which has two elected Members of Parliament be immediately expelled from the Jaffna District.
They said to agitate for their demand they would start, a hartal, by ordering a closure of shops in the area for two hours ,November 20. They said the Hartal would be continuing until the demands were won.
Acting under the pressure of the Tamil terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam the Norway backed Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) reportedly requested EPDP leader Douglas Devananda to get out of Delft Island until the matter was settled. But the EPDP said unless the LTTE withdrew from the Delft it was not prepared to do so.
Reliable sources said the LTTE leaders Kannan and Papa were organizing the mobs to demand the closure of the EPDP office in the Delft island. Later, they cut trees to block public roads across the Peninsula to hold a hartal. Due to the blockage of roads at Velanai, the travel to the islands was obstructed, eyewitnesses said. Among those travels were obstructed were Sinhalese pilgrims traveling to Nagadeepa. Venerable Meegahajandure Gnanaratana, the Chief incumbent of the Naga Vihara said the obstructions have been now removed and the pilgrims were moving steadily.
The decision to hold a hartal to demand the expulsion of EPDP from Jaffna District was taken at a meeting of the LTTE front organizations held in the Tamil Eelam Student Organization Hall November 19. A spokesman of the meeting reportedly said 55 organizations took part in the meeting. They said the hartal would paralyze Jaffna today
Meanwhile the LTTE backed Tamil National Alliance who met the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told him that the people in Delft island had a right to oppose the presence of EPDPin the island, according to a report published in the LTTE official news website, the Tamil Net. The statement did not explain how the presence of a legitimate registered political party at any place in Sri Lanka could be opposed under the Supreme Law of Sri Lanka.