Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan said the party would ‘carefully study the Supreme Court judgement’ on the issue of land and the powers of Provincial Councils pertaining to land, before deciding on the next course of action.
“The judgment of the Supreme Court does not appear to be in conformity with the judgements delivered earlier by the Supreme Court over a period of time,” he told Daily Mirror Online.
Speaking on the issue, Mr. Sampanthan said land has been a moot point of the conflict since Sri Lanka gained independence.
“Land has been a controversial issue of the country ever since independence and it has been one of the primary causes of the conflict, The Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam pact and the Dudley- Chelvanayagam pact were primarily intended towards addressing the issue of state land in such a manner so as to ensure that the demographic composition of the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces would not be altered through the instrumentality of the alienation of state land,” he said.
Speaking further he said the Indo- Lanka pact had accepted the principle of devolution.
“The Indo-Lanka agreement of 1987 and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution has broadly accepted this principle. There are clear provisions in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to indicate that the power over land has been devolved to the provincial councils. This has been accepted in judgements delivered by the Supreme Court," he said.
He also said the judgement raises very serious issues relating to powers of Provincial Councils over land.
Over the past few years the Sri Lankan government has been acting in contravention of the constitutional provisions pertaining to land. In these circumstances, the recent judgement of the Supreme Court delivered by the current Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and two other judges raises very serious issues relating to land,” he said.
“This matter is being carefully studied by us, in order to decide on our next course of action," he said.(Hafeel Farizs)
Mr Sampanthan, please do not pin your hopes too much on the 13A! You know it was imposed on SL by India over 25 years ago and SL accepted that under duress. After the passage of 25 years the general view of the populace is that the 13A is NOT beneficial to the future of the Nation and a Nationwide referendum will be held to determine the relevance of 13A now
node Sunday, 29 September 2013 12:51 AM
Join with sinhalese and ready to develop the country rather than fighting
sarath Sunday, 29 September 2013 12:56 AM
when we say land powers without any restrictions will be disastrous to be made a devolved function. it effects the rights of the subjects. to my understanding following laws will come under this subject.
ANTON Sunday, 29 September 2013 02:35 AM
THIS LAND BELONGS TO YOU.... THIS LAND BELONGS TO ME......THIS LAND BELONGS TO ALL OF US TO LIVE IN HARMONY.
Andrew Pitugala Sunday, 29 September 2013 02:48 AM
55 years ago the founder of the SLFP with his 'Sinhala Only' started the ethnic divide. We have not still learnt the lesson even with all the blood shed starting with the riots in 1958.
Suq Madique Sunday, 29 September 2013 03:13 AM
The demographic composition of the Tamil speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces has already been altered because of the tamils living in Colombo. They have wisely realized life here is better.
Nodrog Sunday, 29 September 2013 06:09 AM
Please do a study on why some tamils still prefer to live in Colombo?
Sambaroo Sunday, 29 September 2013 01:18 PM
where does sambanthan live. colombo or jaffana or killinochi
Kumari Sunday, 29 September 2013 01:22 PM
Because Army is taking Lands and involving in civil actvites in north & east
B Egadawela Monday, 30 September 2013 07:13 AM
Mr Sapanthan Tamils are already altering the demographic composition in Colombo and elsewhere in the Country. Whether it is State Land or private land the effect is the same, So do not talk through your hat. You people want to live comfortably in other parts of the Country and carve out a separate portion only for yourselves. Don't try to hoodwink us. You people are never satisfied. Your plan is to annex the north to Tamilnadu. You have achieved step one.
ind Monday, 30 September 2013 11:32 AM
Good one. All of them (TNA) prefer to live in Colombo !!!
Neloufer Monday, 30 September 2013 02:18 PM
Thank you. Some one with sense, finally!
Neloufer Monday, 30 September 2013 02:20 PM
Where do you think, unless Colombo is in the NP.
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