Sept 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance says it plans to hold discussions with the government to obtain the land and police powers rightfully given to the provinces in the Constitution.
Responding to a recent statement made by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that his government will not give land and police powers to the provinces, the Chief Minister- elect of the TNA, C.V. Vigneswaran has told the BBC Sandeshaya program that the provision is in the law although the President has refused to do so.
The former Supreme Court judge has also rejected the accusation by the ruling party that TNA's election manifesto is an attempt to divide the country and create a Tamil Eelam. He said the public has accepted their manifesto as justifiable.
Vigneswaran further said that the party will demand the government to immediately remove the military from the lands that belonged to the Tamil people and are currently occupied by the military.
He said the party will find solutions to the grievances of the thousands of the Tamil people displaced from their lands and homes as well as to find answers to the missing and disappeared.
Meanwhile, the leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan in a milder tone has said that the party is ready to work with the government and he expects the government to reciprocate.
In the first ever elections held in the Northern Province since its establishment 25 years ago, the TNA won 30 out of the 38 seats in Provincial Council. The ruling party gained 7 and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress gained one.