Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday warned the government of dire consequences in case the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won the first northern provincial council election.
The Defence Secretary was responding to a statement attributed to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, at Wednesday’s post-cabinet media briefing, that the election would be held in accordance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Minister Yapa ruled out the possibility of diluting the 13th Amendment before the election.
Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has insisted on complete power devolution to the provinces through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution since problems over the provincial councils are due to the incomplete devolution of power by successive governments.
TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said yesterday that the respective governments had appointed committees that have made various proposals but the problems over the provincial councils in the country have not been resolved through the years.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expects nothing less than complete devolution of financial, police and land powers through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said yesterday.
Responding to questions regarding continued refusal of the TNA to appoint a member to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to address issues pertaining to the 13th Amendment, as charged by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) he said, “The JHU is a Sinhalese extremist group, and there is no need to take part in this forum.”
UNP Gampaha district parliamentarian Ruwan Wijewardena says that they will put every effort to out vote the government and no idea of mollycoddling the government what-so-ever.
He condemning certain media reports labeling UNP MPs as traitors for cooperating with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), the UNP said earlier today that members in the government had also closely worked with the foundation.