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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was riddled with flaws and therefore it could not be accepted as a basis for power devolution under the present circumstances.
 
The TNA’s latest remarks came in the backdrop of some quarters including India asking the  government of Sri Lanka to evolve a political solution based on the 13th Amendment plus.

TNA spokesman MP Suresh Premachandran told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the 13th Amendment was already a part of the Constitution, there is no need for the government to consult the TNA to implement it meaningfully.
 
“If the government is genuinely committed to it, there is no need for them to have a dialogue with us.  Today, the 13th Amendment is full of flaws. The government can devolve powers to the governors of the provincial councils instead of empowering the boards of ministers. It is a constitutional lacuna,” he said.
 
Also, he said that the national policy planning is done today by the central government despite the 13th Amendment.
 
“The provincial councils need land, police and fiscal powers. If the Centre is involved in all these matters, the hands of the provincial councils will be constitutionally tightened,” he said.

Referring to the one year long political dialogue with the government, he said that none of the key areas of power devolution or sharing had been discussed.

“We have not discussed the devolution of land and police powers. Also, we have not touched the topic of the re-merger of the north and the east,” he said.
 
The 13th Amendment was introduced in 1987 after the Indo-Lanka accord was signed. It provided for the establishment of provincial councils in the country. Mr. Premachandran’s EPRLF was the first parry to government the merged north-east provincial council.
 
Central province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said none of the powers detrimental to the national security and territorial integrity of the country should be devolved to the provinces.
 
“In my view, we enjoy land powers subject to certain limitations. Police power is needed to maintain law and order. But, in our country, police power was used during the war time for the national security of the country. The central government should not devolve any power detrimental to the national security,” he said.
 
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a party of the ruling coalition, said there should be a separate administrative unit for Muslims when a political solution is worked out.

SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali said this unit should be formed covering the three Muslim dominated electorates in the east, namely Kalmunai, Samanthurai and Potuvil.

“Besides, all the other non-contiguous Muslim areas in other parts of the north and the east should be brought under the purview of this administrative unit proposed by our part. This is our maximum demand,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • nimwet Monday, 06 February 2012 11:36 PM

    This is a small country. we do not want this racist stuff. Muslim land in Beruwala. Burgher Land in Bamabalapitiya. Caholic land in negambo area..
    TNA is no different from LTTE. We will never allow any separation. TNA wants to breed tigers.

    TNA must stop this BS.TNA will never get what they want. Do what you can do. Or go to hell.Enough is enough..

    C.A.Ganegoda Monday, 06 February 2012 04:02 AM

    There shouldn’t be any kind of devolution topics in the very first place in our motherland of Sri Lanka. Government should put a swift clear stop an end to this ongoing dragging subject.
    Required to introduce a new law point on this regards, never to discuss separating our motherland or power shearing in the future at all, violators should be punish as traitors of the country.
    Also all racial political parties such as religious base or cultural base should be scraped.
    All political parties in Sri Lanka should have only united names to unite the land onto separate.


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