Devananda accuses TNA of wanting Tamil problems unsolved for its political survival

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

 Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chief Ministerial aspirant and EPDP leader Douglas Devananda yesterday (03) accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of not wanting to solve any of the problems facing the country and Tamils as they wanted those to be unsolved for them to cry over. 

Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Devananda told The Island that TNA’s intention was to drag the issues further for their survival.  

"They don’t want Tamils to live in peace, but are more interested in their political survival. When the 13th Amendment was first introduced, the TNA opposed it, but now they want the government to implement it," he said. 

However, Devananda explained that if there was no devolving of land and police powers when the NPC was formed, the Tamil people would be concerned. Likewise, Sinhala people would be concerned if those powers were devolved.

He also said that currently there was mutual understanding between two parties, therefore his party wanted the 13th Amendment to solve the national problem and all Tamil people in this country also wanted the government to implement it.   

Responding to a query, Minister Devananda said that only people would benefit from the 13th Amendment.   

Meanwhile, a coalition party of the Sri Lankan government, National Freedom Front (NFF), led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa, announced that a petition would be signed demanding the government not to hold the Provincial Council election in the Northern Province with the powers vested in the administration constitutionally.

NFF demands the amending of the Constitution to take back the land and police powers from Provincial Councils to the central government. 

However, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) recently handed over a private member’s motion to the Secretary General of parliament to amend the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to withdraw those two powers from the PCs.

Responding to the NFF and JHU, Minister Devananda said that as this was a democratic country people would have different ideas but finally the government would take a correct decision regarding the devolution of land and police powers.

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