by Easwaran Rutnam /17 May 2011
The Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) is to hold an urgent meeting tomorrow after the house of Eastern Province Chief Minister and TMVP leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was subjected to a sudden police search this evening.
A TMVP official said that plain clothed officers entered the residence of the Chief Minister and searched his house before leaving. The official did not say if the officers had recovered anything.
The TMVP said that Chandrakanthan was at his residence at the time it was searched and he was outraged at the incident.
According to the TMVP official the party, which has been supporting the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, will hold an urgent meeting tomorrow regarding the latest incident.
Just yesterday top TMVP official Pradeep Master was arrested on suspicion over the recent killings reported from the Eastern Province.
Pillayan, a former LTTE cadre, has long been used by the government in its propaganda for the change seen in the Eastern province following the defeat of the LTTE.
However with the latest developments it is likely that the TMVP will look at pulling out its support to the government in future.
Pillayan had in recent times also fallen out with former TMVP leader and current government Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman.