India keeping tab on Divi Neguma Bill: TNA

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India is observing the developments with regard to the Divi Neguma Bill dubbed by many as an attempt by the government to take over powers devolved to the provincial councils under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday.

The TNA delegation returned to Sri Lanka on Sunday night after talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror his party briefed the Indian leaders about the circumstances that led to the stalemate in talks for the evolution of a political solution.

He said the government should agree to have bilateral talks with his party to reach a consensus on the proposed political solution and pointed out that the government, as agreed earlier, should pursue such talks based on the five documents, which have been prepared earlier on proposals for power sharing.
The Mangala Munasinghe Select Committee Report, three documents prepared in 1995, 1997 and 2000 by the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Administration and the majority report produced by the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) have been agreed upon for consideration as the basis for talks.

“We can participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) only if the government agrees to continue with bilateral talks. Any agreement through such talks can be put forward for consideration by the select committee,” Mr. Sumanthiran said.   

When asked whether the TNA had brought the Divi Neguma Bill to India’s attention, he said his party’ delegation referred to it to drive home the point that the Sri Lankan Government instead of devolving power was working in the exact opposite direction.      

“India knows about this Bill,” Mr. Sumanthiran said and added that India was fully committed to the full implementation of the 13th Amendment as the basis for a future power devolution arrangement.   

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran who also participated at meetings with Indian leaders said India was observant about Divi Neguma Bill.
“I do not think the government  is genuinely interested in power devolution,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • ampare son Monday, 15 October 2012 11:05 PM

    hold election for northern province.

    Purawesiya Monday, 15 October 2012 11:31 PM

    Sri lankangovernment must-appoint a commiittee to keep tabs on the bills presented in the loksabha.

    Potta Sunil Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:06 AM

    Now we start shouting this is our internal affair! India may think they have a right to interfere into this matter due to their involvement in the 13th Amendment, a Catch 22 situation for us.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:32 AM

    Has the TNA done anything for the people they claim to represent? They're always either in Colombo or in India and never, even briefly, in the North. They have become self-serving and power-greedy just like all political parties.

    tilak Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:05 PM

    TNA MP'S ARE THE REAL ENEMY OF SRILANKA tAMILS ???

    Al Rasa Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:47 AM

    Very good. The idea of TNA is to get India to influence parliamentary bills to be passed by Sri Lankan Govt. TNA is up to selling the sovereignty of Sri Lanka to India.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:49 PM

    Kumar, you're mistaken. I shed no tears for the tamils. My comment was to highlight the hypocrisy of the TNA.

    vijayavickrama Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:42 PM

    India is acting like Sri Lanka is its Colony! What a sad state of affairs!
    Will India tolerate if Pakistan acts on behalf of Muslims in Kashmir the way it does to Sri Lanka?

    Cancer Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:28 AM

    Wrong Parliament. TNA should contest Indian elections and be members of India's Parliament and not Sri Lanka's Parliament. They dance to the tune of India, India,India!

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:49 AM

    TNA should be banned as this is a Racist party trading on Lanka's sovereignty . TNA Note this we will not let happen as long as Lanka stands on this Planet earth.

    kumar Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:48 AM

    Your crocodile tear won't make any effects on Tamils. People are well aware what are they doing and why are they doing. Anyway nice try from your side !

    Prasanna Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:01 AM

    Who are this TNA ?There the LTTE political wing,Sri Lankan governmant must ignore TNA demands and just develop North and East,establishing the minority rights .

    Hisham Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    instead of striding forward I think we are heading towards to where we were in the 1950s . the euphoria then and now seems to the same but didn't we see the destruction we faced. it can have similar fate in future as well.

    Real Peace Monday, 15 October 2012 10:07 PM

    When leaders fail to lead, only the lay people will end up laying down their lives in large numbers in the near future. Very, very sad........


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