TNA to examine if it should contest polls in northern Lanka

tna 2     The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), appointed a committee to examine if it should contest the  northern provincial council election in September.

TNA sources said a 15-member committee representing the five parties which form the TNA would examine the political situation with regard to the election in the north.The committee consists of members of the five political parties who are part of the alliance. The committee will decide on the TNA candidate for the Chief Minister post at the elections.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today signed an official proclamation enabling the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to hold the polls in September. Deshapriya said earlier this month that election could be held on either September 21 or 28.

The first ever election for the northern provincial council was long awaited as  was seen by the international community to be a major reconciliation move with the island’s Tamil minority community since the end of the three-decade-long civil war in 2009 when government troops crushed LTTE rebels fighting for a separate Tamil homeland.

In the first north and east provincial council election held in 1988, Marxist Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) was elected uncontested. Other political parties did not to contest due to threats from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

However, the administration  ceased in 1990 following EPRLF’s declaration of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI). The two provinces were de-linked by a Supreme Court order in 2006, and the Eastern provincial council constituted thereafter held the first election in 2008.

Meanwhile representatives of the Upcountry People’s Front met Tamil National Alliance members headed by the leader R.Sambanthan  in Colombo yesterday(05).

TNA representative’s leader R.Sambanthan, parliamentarians Selvam Adaikalanadhan, M.Pathmanadhan Upcountry People’s Front deputy leader V.Radhakrishnan, secretary Lorans, Subramiyam, Krishna, Aravindakumar and several other representatives were present at this meeting. 

The leaders discuss on implementing changes in the 13th amendment and also TNA requested Upcountry Peoples Front to boycott voting on the 13 amendment. Responding the Upcountry Peoples Front leaders said that the 13th amendment never solved the problems of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka and  promised to boycott  voting for it.

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