Oct 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it would carry out a campaign against the government's attempt to centralize powers in the center.
TNA Leader R. Sampanthan has said the government is in a position to take steps to centralize powers at present because it is in control of many provinces in the country.
"People in different parts of the country are greatly prejudiced with regard to provincial government to which they have much better access being able to implement programs in line with the democratic wishes of the people," he has observed.
He has added that the government, which has managed to muster a two-thirds majority in parliament through undemocratic means, is seeking to misuse the two-thirds majority to achieve its political objectives.
Referring to the proposed Divi Neguma Bill, Sampanthan has said the Bill entrusts development activities in the whole country to the Economic Development Ministry.
"We are opposed to the policy of concentration of power to the center and depriving the provinces of the powers given to them by the Constitution," the TNA leader has said.
There is a growing consensus in the country to abolish the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which devolves power to the provincial councils.