The Tamil National Alliance on Saturday decided not to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to resolve the national problem, a party official said.
“The party has decided this evening (Saturday) not to take part in the PSC,” TNA Leader R. Sampanthan told Daily Mirror online.
Meanwhile, TNA legislator, Suresh Premachandran told PTI news agency that his party has decided to skip the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) proceedings, which is expected to get underway on July 9.
"The aim of the PSC is to dilute the powers of the 13A. We can't agree to that. We want 13 plus," Premachandran said.
The PSC has been convened to look at powers of the 13A, more pointedly to strip the provincial councils of land and police powers, he said.
Sri Lanka on June 21 announced the formation of the 19-member government team of the PSC to discuss the issue of the thirteenth amendment to its Constitution that devolves some authority to the provinces.
Preceding the PSC is the government move to amend two sections of the 13A. They seek to scrap the ability to merge two or more provinces to form one, Premachandran said.(HF)
Comments - 22
Javi Saturday, 29 June 2013 08:41 PM
Be participative at least some situation Don't be anticipative always
Gemba Saturday, 29 June 2013 09:29 PM
Good stay away, you will achieve a hell of a lot that way. These YNA guys wants a divided Sri Lanka on ethnic lines. That is their ulterior motive and then they could be a province of Tamil Nadu.
Renu Sunday, 30 June 2013 10:23 AM
They have to go nwith the 13th Amendment where India will be backing, GOSL willk have to eat parippu again from India
Burampi Aathaa Sunday, 30 June 2013 12:53 AM
Who cares ?
janushan Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:45 AM
Without the participation of major opposite parties and left parties, we can not call it PSC . We can call only MFC (Mahinda followers committee).
Sri Sunday, 30 June 2013 12:00 AM
So what.. we know the reason via DM Android App
ANTON Sunday, 30 June 2013 01:19 AM
NO PROBLEM, GO AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HELL SELECTION COMMITTEE.
Lanka Shantha Sunday, 30 June 2013 01:39 AM
Oh, ye, this will be another one like CJ's commission.
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 30 June 2013 02:42 AM
No TNA, No Muslim Congress, no JVP and UNP still undecided. So, this is just a selective committee of selected people of the government itself just like the select committee appointed to oust the ex-CJ.
Channa Sunday, 30 June 2013 02:48 AM
Reason is pretty obvious . They cannot push the government to do what they want in PSC.Their hanging tiger tails are visible now. What they want is to go for seperate state slowly but surely, thinking that they can pressurise goverment by international community.
Sammym Sunday, 30 June 2013 04:27 AM
How can you guys hope to resolve issues by abstaining from participation? Atleast participate and make your stand known. You cannot hope to gain anything by staying away.
S.S. SAMUEL Monday, 01 July 2013 10:38 AM
Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark?
SAM_SPARROW Sunday, 30 June 2013 12:00 AM
Good move TNA. Keep it up. via DM Android App
FLATWHITE Sunday, 30 June 2013 05:24 AM
Please join your brother Jaya and Karu in Tamil Nadu the best place you can play your own tune.
dingo Sunday, 30 June 2013 05:38 AM
Slap to Hakeem who is behind the government to get a slot
MATHAN Sunday, 30 June 2013 05:49 AM
YOU ARE CORRECT AND IT IS WASTE OF TIME AND ENERGY. IF THE GOVERNMENT IS GENUINE THEY CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITHOUT ALL THESE COMMITTEES, BUT THEY DON'T WANT IT AND WILL NOT DO THAT.
Bandara Manik Sunday, 30 June 2013 06:04 AM
It is not a surprise. His allegiance is now given to Tamil Nadu and Indian politicians. He is the proxy of Indian politicians. Never stood for the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils
behonest Sunday, 30 June 2013 02:16 PM
Be honest to your electorate. Unlike Hakeem and others who play panthu to get perks.
concerned Sunday, 30 June 2013 07:39 AM
How many of these committees and conferences we had and what happened to them ? Recently, this government proposed APRC, headed by Tissa Vidharana and handed the report to the President, never heard of it afterwards. Its is all used to drag the process.
Mason Sunday, 30 June 2013 08:06 AM
PSC will be government controlled. No point in participating in such committees. We saw what happened in the PSC which decided upon the last CJ.
ss Sunday, 30 June 2013 03:39 PM
Good decision, otherwise, you will be shown a circuitous route and like sindbad story never ends!
World community would take care of this SL government!
ganesh Sunday, 30 June 2013 03:57 PM
What participation and where to participate and with whom to participate for what to participate,why to participate after the whole of Srilankan major political parties are well aware what the minority issues are, leave alone this racist JHU and other Honorable Weerawansa & company .If UNP SLFP LSSP CP SLMC TNA including the executive President get together and thrash out a durable solution ,nobody in the country can do anything Then what nosence is this PSC with political novice like Vimal and Champik.Since 1984 Thamils have participated in every coference
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