Sept 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the party's election manifesto for the Northern Provincial Council election is prepared to uphold the right of self-determination of the Tamils in the country.
TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said the party's election manifesto while being prepared to uphold the right of self-determination of the Tamils would also preserve the integrity of the country.
He explained that the TNA's manifesto highlighted the party's political aspirations within the framework of the Constitution of the country.
"The manifesto emphasizes the political aspirations of the Tamils, while upholding the integrity of the country. The manifesto does not contain anything new and they are the outcome of the past political struggle of the Tamils in the country," Sumanthiran said.
He added that nothing has been mentioned about the division of the country or anything against the Constitution of the country.
His comments come in response to an announcement by the Sri Lanka Lawyers' Guild that they will file a case in the Supreme Court against the TNA's election manifesto.
In its election manifesto, the TNA, once considered as a proxy for the terrorist group LTTE during the war, has called for establishing power sharing arrangements in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure.
The convener of the Lawyers' Guild, Kapila Gamage said the TNA manifesto was against the Constitution of the country since the proclamation of self-rule in the manifesto is a violation of the Sri Lanka Constitution.
Government Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has said that the manifesto presented by the TNA for the Northern Provincial election has distorted the fight against terrorism.