Premier Manmohan Singh’s government is unlikely to give up its role in Sri Lanka despite the recent media revelation of the presence of Indian personnel at the Vavuniya SLAF base which was targeted by the LTTE on September 9.
A section of the Tamilnadu political groups has urged the coalition to immediately recall personnel after the Colombo press reported the hospitalization of two Indians wounded in the LTTE’s suicide assault on the base by 11 Black Tigers, half of them women.
Preparing for a Rajapakse dynasty?
Wickremesinghe brought in the proviso that appointments to party posts will not be made on the personal desires and ambitions of some people but on certain set criteria. It would appear that Wickremesinghe was not on principle against appointing a deputy leader or one or more assistant leaders. He probably realizes that there has to be some concession made to the demands for reform.
UNP dissidents claim success
UNP dissidents yesterday expressed satisfaction over their ability to change the thinking of the party hierarchy to open up to make structural changes in the leadership and constitution to make the UNP more attractive to the younger generation and make it winnable at any forthcoming election.