Oct 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is in a crisis over the assignment of ministerial portfolios in the Northern Provincial Council to the constituents of the alliance.
The four constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance - PLOTE, TELO, EPRLF and ITAK- have been requested to nominate suitable representatives for Ministerial positions of the Council.
TNA Vanni District parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan has declared that he would resign from the leadership of the constituent party Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) over the assignment of ministerial portfolios.
Adaikalanathan has said that he campaigned during the election period with the hope to obtain a ministerial portfolio for the Wanni district when TNA wins the Northern PC, but now the portfolio will be given to M. K. Sivajilingam of the Jaffna district.
The Wanni district MP said he would resign from the leadership of TELO since he was unable to serve his constituents in Wanni.
The leaders of the TNA will meet again today to make a final decision on assigning ministerial portfolios to the members of the Northern Provincial Council.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that there is a dissension over the newly elected Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran taking oaths before the President in Colombo.
Leaders of the TNA coalition partners have expressed their displeasure over the decision arrived at a meeting between the TNA leader R. Sampanthan and the President on Friday. They have reportedly expressed disapproval that Sampanthan along with MP M. A. Sumanthiran and the Chief Minister-elect had taken a unanimous decision without consulting the party leaders.
Member of TELO M. K. Sivajilingam has said that the Chief Minister and the elected councilors should take oaths before the TNA leader.
The TNA Leader meanwhile has asked the coalition leaders to work in harmony with the government in order to ensure successful functioning of the Northern PC.