Northern Provincial Council Member, Emmannuel Arnold had been appointed to contest the Mayoralty of Jaffna Municipal Council on behalf of the ITAK. Accordingly he had handed over his resignation letter, from the membership of the NPC to the Leader of the House, C.V.K.Sivagnanam, yesterday.
The Mayoralty of the Jaffna Municipal Council, the only Municipal Council in the North, holds a protocol in par with Diplomatic status. It could also serve as the symbol of Jaffna District. Several people were vying for the post. The contest within ITAK also was found to be strong.
The former president of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce and a current member of NPC, E.Jeyasekaram, former MP, S.Cyril, former MMC,J.Kuruthevan and journalist, N.Vidyatharan were major contenders. However Arnold had elected on a bsis of the analysis of the people who are living within JMC Limits.
Arnold handed over his resignation letter yesterday night to facilitate contesting for the Mayor post.