Oct 01, Jaffna: The Governor of Sri Lanka's Northern Province G. A. Chandrasiri today handed over the letter of appointment for the Chief Minister post to the former Supreme Court Judge and the Chief Minister candidate of the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), C.V. Vigneswaran today at Governor Secretariat in Jaffna.
Vigneswaran has been selected as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province following the landslide victory of the Tamil party at the elections held on September 21 for the Province. He obtained a total of 132,255 preferential votes topping the preferential vote list in Jaffna District.
Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri issued the appointment letter for Vigneswaran at the Governor's office.
TNA Parliamentarian A. Sumanthiran and Chief Secretary of Northern Province Mrs. R. Wijialudchumi and Secretary to the Governor L. Ilaangovan were also present at the event.
Vigneswaran met the Governor at his official residence in Jaffna on Monday along with MP Sumanthiran and held discussions on setting up of the Provincial Council and the swearing-in, among other things.
The Governor has said that at the meeting Vigneswaran agreed to accept the Letter of Appointment from the Governor after he explained that he will be only fulfilling the constitutional duties expected of him as a Governor of the province representing the President of the country.
Vigneswaran said the party has still not decided on how the Chief Minister and the other councilors will swear in.
Media reports said yesterday that the Tamil party has agreed to swear in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Jaffna and the party is to invite the President to come to Jaffna when he returns from the US.