TMVP leader Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has been sworn in as a national list parliamentarian of the UPFA before the Speaker this morning (October 07th).
He was noKaruna Amman, in his maiden speech in parliament said that the time has come to forget the past and calls for support to develop the East.
Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan was born in Kiran, a village in the Batticaloa district in 1966. He joined the LTTE in 1983 and became a top commander.
He participated in several rounds of peace talks as a member of the LTTE delegation after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed in 2002.
In March 2004, he broke away from the mainstream LTTE along with thousands of cadres loyal to him after alleging that the LTTE leadership was favouring Northern cadres and people and ignoring the interests of the Easterners who had made huge sacrifices for the organisation. He has alleged that Prabhakaran intentionally dragged out peace talks so that the LTTE could use the cessation in hostilities to re-arm and re-group.
He claimed that the LTTE has lost 70 per cent of its fighting capacity after his group separated from the LTTE.
He formed a political party named the TMVP which contested local government and provincial councils polls in the East. The TMVP's deputy leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan is now the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province.