The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - controlled Northern Provincial Council yesterday passed several resolutions demanding that the ban of 16 overseas Tamil groups be withdrawn forthwith, the Daily Mirror learns.
The resolutions, moved by member M.K. Sivajilingam was adopted unanimously. The UPFA which is the opposition of the NPC, did not ask for a vote. Instead, it sought to register its protest formally.
The government banned these pro-Tamil groups alleging that they promoted separatism in Sri Lanka with attempts to revive the LTTE.
NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told the Daily Mirror that the resolutions also called for a political solution to the national question.
“These were resolutions handed over some time back. Now, they have been adopted. There was no opposition to the resolutions as such. Nobody called for a division,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)