17th June 2017

TNA leadership asks members to withdraw no confidence motion

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By Kelum Bandara and Romesh Madusanka The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leadership is reported to have requested its members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to withdraw the no confidence motion signed against Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, it is learnt.     The TNA is a political party comprising four parties, the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). The no confidence motion has been initiated by the members belonging to the ITAK. They had handed over the motion to Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray. Mr. Cooray eventually asked the members concerned to raise it at the Council meeting. In addition he had requested the Chief Minister to […]

Wigneswaran ‘s anti-corruption drive eclipsed by sectarian politics

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Current issue might be a turning point in the ongoing conflict and in the Northern politics The Northern Provincial Council is a unique entity compared to the other eight Provincial Councils due to its actions independent of the Central Government. During their nearly three decade old history no other Provincial Council had acted so independently, as had been most of the time run by the political party that governed the Central Government. Therefore they had been working according to the wishes of the leaders of the Government in Colombo. The only Provincial Council that enjoys (Though not fully) autonomy, the purpose of establishing the Provincial Councils is the Northern Provincial Council headed by its Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, who is a former Supreme Court Judge. By […]

Sampanthan writes to Vigneswaran over NPC crisis

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan today urged Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Vigneswaran to take early remedial action in regard to the two ministers who were not found guilty by the board of Inquire of the chief minister. In a letter to Mr. Vigneswaran, the TNA Leader said the board of inquiry conducted investigations in respect of the four council ministers but only two ministers have been found guilty and two others have not been found guilty. “You stated in the Provincial Council that you would act on the basis of the report of the board of inquiry. You have called for the resignations of the two ministers found guilty. No one has complained about that decision. The complaint is about the […]

Political crisis in Northern Province will lead to realignment of Tamil parties

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Chief Minister, buoyed by expressions of support from Tamil civil society and university students The ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province will lead to a realignment of Tamil political parties. Among other things, the present crisis shows that the existing political alignments are extremely weak and shaky and are as good as broken. Looking at the current trend, it is likely that the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will break into two groups by the time the next Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections are held 15 months from now. The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) led by veteran R. Sampanthan, the largest of the parties in the TNA, will go it alone, and is, in fact, determined to do so. The others […]

NPC Crisis: Sam-Wiggie Talks Today

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As the Tamil National Alliance, the TNA, struggles against fissiparous tendencies threatening the seams that hold the TNA together, R. Sampanthan, the TNA leader, has written to Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran of the Northern Province. The letter explains what Sampanthan seeks: Hon.  Justice CV  Wigneswaran, Chief Minister Northern Province My Dear Wignes, Thank you for your letter of 14.06.2017 with copy of speech made by you. I wish to state the following. The board of inquiry appointed by you conducted investigations in respect of four ministers. The inquiry had been concluded and their report submitted to you. Two have been found guilty and two others have not been found guilty. You stated in the Provincial Council that you would act on the basis of the […]