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Tamils living in border villages of Vanni struggling to redeem their lands, says T.Raviharan

Tamils living in border villages of Vanni struggling to redeem their lands, says T.Raviharan

Our Tamil people who are living in the border villages of Kookilai,  kokkuththoduwai and Karunaddukkerny, in Mulaitheevu District are fighting hard at the border to redeem their lands and retain their lands, said former NPC member, T.Ravihara at an Election Campaign meeting held at Kokkuththoduwai area in Mulaitheevu District.

Elaborating further he said that after the Mahaweli Development Authority was formed in 1970, Tamil people who are living in six Grama Niladhari divisions of the border villages of Kookilai,  kokkuththoduwai and Karunaddukkerny are encountering difficulties in retaining their lands.

If these people had abandoned their struggle Nayaru would have been the border now.

As per the statistics of 2018, 11,186 Sinhalese people are living in Weli Oya and 3,363 of them have voting rights. Because of this there are 4 members in the 24 members of Karaithuraipattu Pradeshiya Sabah which had been a completely Tamil PS earlier. Apart from this Sinhalese people had been settled in Kokkilai beach area.

If we consider Vanni there are 23,000 Sinhala voters there. Just like in Welioya, colonization has been undertaken in the villages  of Namalgama and Shiranthigama. Hence there is all the chances of a Sinhalese MP being elected from Vanni. 70% of the Vanni voters are Tamils, 20% Muslims and 10% Sinhalese.

We Tamils with 70% votes are standing splinted.  No Sinhalese or Muslims will vote for Tamils, and they are in the process of robbing Tamil votes, he said.


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