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The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which has reiterated the position of Tamil parties for a merger of the North and the East, is not for special powers to be provided to the proposed State, according to its chairperson C.V.K. Sivagnanam.

On the significance of the resolution adopted on Friday, Mr. Sivagnanam has told The Hindu that “our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism. Let the Central government share power with all the Provinces uniformly. We expect other Provinces to fall in line with us so that we all can have greater powers.”

The Council’s proposals on constitutional reforms were essentially based on the constitutional models of two countries — India and Switzerland.  In the case of India, there should be States demarcated on the basis of languages. This was one of the reasons for the proposed merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces as “Muslims in the East are all Tamil speaking people,” Mr. Sivagnanam pointed out.

Conscious of the pluralistic character of the Eastern province where the population was more or less evenly distributed among Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, the NPC chairperson said for getting the support of the Muslims, the resolution talked of creating an autonomous council. Taking into account aspirations of hill-country Tamils, the NPC suggested another autonomous body.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has 30 members in the 38-member body.

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  • waco Monday, 25 April 2016 03:25 PM

    we need one country , one nation.Change the name of the Country as CEYLON.Official Language must be English.

    Sanasum Monday, 25 April 2016 04:04 PM

    Merger of the two provinces is the brainchild of India. Many things will follow later.

    Ranil Wijeyesekera Monday, 25 April 2016 04:08 PM

    English speaking nation.

    Kugan Monday, 25 April 2016 05:59 PM

    Why?Ceylon sri lamka (illanki) is fine keep the language respective of their language.I think you wanted to be kalu sudda

    ari Monday, 25 April 2016 09:16 PM

    He thinks rest of the people are stupid.. it it like saying let's all be robbers then u can't call us thieves. The south does not want special rights and no other province gets any either..period.

    raj Tuesday, 26 April 2016 04:43 AM

    People do not understand that Sri Lanka's constitution is for Singhalese only. If Tamils do not like that constitution, Tamils should approach the international community to help free from Sri Lanka.

    Thanos Monday, 25 April 2016 02:10 PM

    You still don't get it. Almost 90 percent of the Tamil speakers in India live in Tamil Nadu. Over 90 percent of French speakers in Canada live in Quebec. Same pattern exists in Belgium and Switzerland. This doesn't apply to Sri Lanka. Western province has almost 350,000 Tamils and the largest Tamil population by a city would COLOMBO with over 165,000 people. Jaffna and Batti in contrast have around 80,000 Tamil each.


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