“Abolish PC System” – Jathika Hela Urumaya
Posted on June 18th, 2013

Asada M Erpini

One of the most welcome news items for peace-loving Sri Lankans, who value the sovereignty and the national integrity of their beloved Mother Lanka, is that reported in the media on 18 June: the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) introduced a bill today to abolish the provincial council system. Sri Lankans would, no doubt, hope and pray that the bill is passed in the Parliament and that they would no more be saddled with the provincial councils, and the offensive 13th Amendment that gave birth to it.

 The writer has no personal or political connections to those in JHU, or for that matter, to any of the political groups in Sri Lanka. In fact, he is not even a resident of Sri Lanka. But it is sad that the only country that defeated the most ruthless terrorist gang in the world using its own armed forces “”…” when all the military pundits and the so-called developed countries said that a military confrontation against the LTTE was unwinnable “”…” is now facing a non-military threat orchestrated by the Sri Lanka-based anti-Sri Lankans and their backers operating from the affluent countries.

 Many writers have repeatedly pointed out that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka is not an amendment that the Sri Lankans ever wanted or in which they had a say: the bullying India when Rajiv Gandhi was at the helm forced it on a hapless and powerless nation. There is absolutely nothing sacrosanct in this amendment: it is, in fact, an illegitimate child that Sri Lanka has no moral or legal obligation to continue with.

 It is unpardonable that the leaders of some of the minority political parties have voiced that the 13th Amendment was introduced (in 1987) to solve the problems that Sri Lanka faced at the time. They have conveniently ignored the fact that the main problem that Sri Lanka faced was terrorism and it was the armed forces of Sri Lanka that dealt with it conclusively and ushered in an era of peace in May 2009.

 All that the peace-loving Sri Lankans want is peace to continue and the divisive forces and the provisions that promote their actions to be demolished. The writer earnestly hopes that JHU succeeds.

14 Responses to ““Abolish PC System” – Jathika Hela Urumaya”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    PATRIOTS! …. HERE it is …..JHU’s PETITION to REPEAL the 13th Amendment!

    Jayawewa!

    Ratna Deepa, Janma Bhumi
    Lanka Deepa, Vijaya Bhumi
    Mey Apey, Udaarawu
    Maathru Bhumi-yayi
    Maathru Bhumi-yayi …….

    Aadi Sinhaley Aey Weera Meemathun Layin
    Saarawu, Udaarawu
    Maathru Bhumi-yayi
    Maathru Bhumi-yayi …….

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    Sri Lanka Buddhist party reveals its constitutional amendment

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist political party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Wednesday revealed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution proposed by them.

    Legal adviser of JHU Udaya Gammanpila, Member of Western Provincial Council, briefed the content of the proposition today at a press conference held in Colombo.

    JHU Gampaha district MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero said the party expects to bring in the proposal to the parliament as a private member’s motion.

    Full Text of the Amendment:

    The proposition named as An Act to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka aims primarily to repeal the 13th amendment to the constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.

    Full text of the draft constitutional amendment is as follows: Whereas the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was purportedly enacted, consequent to the Indo- Sri Lanka Accord being entered into between the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India in 1987 under duress in defiance of the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka and,

    Whereas the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka did not approve the provisions of the 13th amendment Bill as being consistent with the Constitution in as much as only four judges of the Supreme Court out of nine held that the approval of the people at a referendum was not required to enact the 13th Amendment whilst five judges held that at least one or more of the provisions of the Bill was in violation of the Constitution and therefore required the approval of the people at a referendum and,

    Whereas in terms of Article 80(2) of the Constitution “where the Supreme Court has determined that a Bill or any provision thereof requires the approval of the people at a referendum” such bill or such provision shall become law only upon the same being approved by the people at a referendum and the President certifies that the Bill or any Provision thereof has been so approved in the manner as set out in the said Article.

    Whereas the majority of the Judges that constituted the bench of the Supreme Court had determined that the Bill or any one or more of the provisions thereof requires the approval of the people at a referendum, such Bill can become law only if complied with Article 80(2) upon being approved by the people at a referendum and therefore the purported certificate of the Speaker endorsed on the Bill purportedly under Articles 79 and 80(1) of the Constitution is invalid and unconstitutional and,

    Whereas the Supreme Court has determined that any Bill or any Provision thereof requires the approval at a referendum the only cause of action available under the law is to comply with the process set out in Article 80(2) and the purported Amendment made to Clause 154G(2)(b) and 154G(3)(b) of the 13th Amendment Bill in Parliament without a further determination by the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and unlawful and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment in Article 154A(3) provides for the establishment of one administrative unit for two or more Provinces, to accommodate the unlawful undertaking given by the then President of Sri Lanka in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to establish one administrative unit for the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka on the erroneous and false basis that the Northern and Eastern Provinces form part of the homeland of one single ethnic and /or linguistic community as claimed by the separatist forces and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment has sought to abdicate the legislative power vested in Parliament and the Executive power vested in the President by the division of governmental power and restricted the Parliament and the President respectively exercising the legislative and executive power of the people and thereby offended the unitary character of the State, Whereas the 13th Amendment has vested inter alia police powers (including powers in relation to maintenance of public order) in Provincial Councils which was hitherto exercise by the Government of Sri Lanka, which will be a serious threat to national security concerns of the Republic in as much as, ,

    (a) the 13th Amendment provides for the Chief Minister of a Province to directly control the Head of the Provincial Police Force and thereby all Police Officers of the said Force and even national police units operating in any province. (vide Item 11 of the Appendix of List 1 of the 9th Schedule) thereby effectively taking away the powers of the Inspector General of Police and the Government of Sri Lanka exercising any authority over such police force, ,

    (b) the 13th Amendment entrusts the responsibility of prevention, detection, investigation of all offences (except the offences specified in the Schedule therein) and institution of prosecutions (subject to the powers of the Attorney General) to Provincial Councils and to enact any law on any such matter and further empower any Provincial Council to prevent any Police Officers of another Province entering such Province (vide the limitations contained in sub paragraph (k) of the 2nd item of List II of the 9th Schedule) and thereby jeopardizing the management of law and order and the national security of the Republic.

    (c) the 13th Amendment even restricts police officers of the national police force from being in uniform compelling them to be in plain clothes even when performing the limited responsibilities allowed within a province such as when engaging in prevention, detection and investigation of a scheduled offence (vide Item 10:1 read with 12:1 of the relevant Appendix of the 9th Schedule).

    Whereas the 13th Amendment, though based on the Constitutional structure of India, denies the Government of Sri Lanka to intervene in the event of a Province acting against the interests of the Republic, although the Central government of India is empowered to intervene in similar situations. (Vide Article 256 and 257 of the Constitution of India).

    Whereas the power of the Government of Sri Lanka to give directions with regard to the manner of exercising executive power by a Province is restricted to a situation where the maintenance of essential supplies and services is threatened or that the security of Sri Lanka is threatened by war or external aggression or armed rebellion (vide Article 154J and 154K) no such limitation is placed under the Constitution on the Government of India and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment seeks to weaken the Government of Sri Lanka whilst strengthening the Provincial Councils and thereby destroying the unitary character of the State, territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the sovereignty of its people and,

    Whereas Sri Lanka is a Free, sovereign, independent and unitary State and it is the duty of the State to safeguard the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the provisions of the 13th Amendment are a threat to the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

    BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:- 1. This Act may be cited as the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. 2. The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Constitution”) is hereby amended by the repeal of ; ,

    (a) Chapter XVIIA

    (b) Article 155(3A)

    (c) Ninth Schedule

    3. Article 170 of the Constitution is hereby amended by the substitution, in the definition of “written law” for the words “and includes statutes made by Provincial Councils, orders” of the words “and include orders”.

    4. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    No action so far. Only statements.

    Even this 19 amendment DOES NOT SCRAP 13 amendment!!

    Who are they trying to fool here?

    Just SCRAP 13 amendment.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    PM frowns on land and police powers to pcs

    DailyNews.lk
    June 18, 2013

    The 13th Amendment to the Constitution has opened up a dialogue in the media and the public space. It is a characteristic of democracy. Some say the 13th Amendment is needed; some say it is not required. However, Police powers and Land powers referenced in the Amendment are not required at this juncture, Prime Minister and Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Jayaratne said.

    The Prime Minister made these comments at a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. He said giving Police and Land powers will create needless issues in a small country like Sri Lanka. “This would lead to many problems in the future. The 30-year war in Sri Lanka was brought to an end under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Efforts are being made by certain groups to create political uncertainty in the country with the backing of with international forces whose objective is to paralyze the country’s development pace,” Prime Minister Jayaratne said. “Equity is the main feature of a society. When creating an equal society, the differences among nationalities, races, castes and religions should be eliminated,” he said.

    The Prime Minister said all religions are the same and this concept was misunderstood by some religious groups.

    He said the basic concept of any religion is to develop people spiritually.

    “However, there are many differences in the practice and use of religions. All religious leaders have preached on the virtues of social justice,” the Prime Minister said.

    He said the media exists not to create problems, but to solve them. “As a government we believe in media freedom. However, there are instances where the media act in an irresponsible manner. The media render a great service to society.

    However, a small section of the media are trying to create problems for the country. Media freedom should be utilised wisely and it is the responsibility of the media to reveal corruption and fraud of politicians,” the Prime Minister said.

    President Rajapaksa responds positively to media revelations. In some instances, the President demands immediate action in response to media reports. Media is the bridge that links Sri Lanka with the outside world, he said.

    Additional Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. I.H.K. Mahanama, Additional Secretary of the Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister J.A.A.N. Kannangara, Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs Chandraprema Gamage and officials also participated.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sri Lanka nationalist party introduces bill to abolish PC system

    Tue, Jun 18, 2013, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 18, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today introduced a bill to abolish the provincial council system enacted by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1987.

    JHU leader and Gampaha district parliamentarian, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero was granted leave to introduce the Bill, entitled “Bill to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”

    The JHU motion aims primarily to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.

  5. Charles Says:

    Lorenzo the Bill starts with “The proposition named as An Act to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka aims primarily to repeal the 13th amendment to the constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.”

    I think the pupose is to introduce a new Amendment 19 which would replace the 13Amendment. Of course there has to be some sort of Bill to remove the 13 Amendment if it is taken up in Parliament. It is however a beginning in the right direction.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Shenali,

    Thank you for researching and identifying the abuses and crimes committed by individual Provincial Council officials in recent years.

    That is the TIP OF THE VAST ICEBERG of waste, abuse, corruption and criminality that extends deep below the surface. They are INDICATIVE of the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY that has taken hold of the Provincial Councils and the CONTEMPT that they have for their CAPTIVE PEOPLE they are supposed to CARE FOR and PROTECT.

    The MOST IMPORTANT reasons for DISSOLVING the Provincials Councils are:

    1. They represent an UNNECESSARY LAYER OF GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY that burdens the people with BUREAUCRATIC red tape and ECONOMIC costs. They create ADDITIONAL bureaucratic barriers to common people trying to get the simplest things done, and increase costs by levying nuisance fees that are used to sustain the bureaucracy. The unending GREED of the PC staff requires ever increasing taxes to be imposed, and ever increasing bribes to be paid. They SIPHON-OFF funds from the National Government allocated to providing services and improving infrastructure to maintain that bloated staff. IN EFFECT, the Provincial Councils now represent a pack of WOLVES legally sanctioned to live off the hapless citizen SHEEP. We need LESS of this type of government; not MORE.

    2. The Provincial Councils create centers of power supported by communities who can be manipulated into supporting anti-national activities. It DILUTES the power of the National Government and creates BARRIERS to ACTION by the National Government to DEFEND and PROTECT the Nation and its People.

    An EXAMPLE of this is the FAILURE of State governments in India to protect the people from Naxalite terrorist attacks. Partly it happens because they lack the RESOURCES, partly it is because the terrorists come from safe haven in adjoining states over which the targeted states have NO JURISDICTION, and in part because the State Government Officials are in the pay of the Naxalites and COLLABORATE with the terrorists instead of protecting the innocent citizens.

    IN yet another recent EXAMPLE, the governments of the Indian States adjoining BanglaDesh scuttled a new National Agreement between India and BanglaDesh to repatriate up to 20 million illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living in India … on purely communal considerations. If Sri Lanka wanted to repatriate illegal immigrants from Tamil Nadu, it will have to seek permission and cooperation of the Northern Provincial Council, dominated, presumably, by the TNA! Without Police Powers in the Northern Province, how will the National Government investigate, arrest and deport these illegal immigrants, or halt new terrorist activity fomented by the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA?

    3. The Provincial Councils create sub-national centers of power that create barriers to the IMPLEMENTATION of National Infrastructure Projects, such as Roads, and Irrigation Systems, and even Education facilities and programs, that cut across Provincial Boundaries. For EXAMPLE, the Mahaveli river cuts across several Provinces, each of whom has a valid claim to its waters. Currently, the National Government of Sri Lanka is empowered to make the decision after evaluating the environmental and economic impacts, but when PCs are fully empowered it will lack the power to do so. Provincial councils can then veto ANY project depending on the narrow interests of its residents, and more dangerously, the prejudices of its own councilors. Mavil Aru was a precursor of this kind of resources sharing problem that could arise in the future. This has also become a HUGE PROBLEM in India, especially with regard to sharing river waters between states, holding up not only water projects but also the construction of power plants.

    4. Finally, of course, there is the 13A requirement of National Bills having to be approved unanimously by all Provincial Councils for passage in Parliament. This has security, economic, legal and political ramifications on every level that SUBJUGATES the Will of the Majority of the Citizens of Sri Lanka to the Will of the much Smaller Minorities living in the Provinces, and their Provincial Councillors. That is not “Democracy” reflecting the will of the many, but “Anarchy” imposing the will of the few! It will only require the capture of just ONE Provincial Council by Anti-National Elements to NEGATE the NATIONAL WILL!

    These are among the DANGERS of not REPEALING the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVING the Provincial Council System … especially when CONFRONTED by UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS and Foreign Powers plying their own agendas to undermine and destabilize Sri Lanka. JUST SCRAP the 13th Amendment COMPLETELY!

    Creating and Devolving POWER to POLITICAL ENTITIES dominated by UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS who were PROXIES of the MURDEROUS SEPARATISTS DEFEATED ONLY 4 YEARS AGO is an IRRESPONSIBLE FOLLY of MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS! It BOGGLES my mind that such STUPIDITIES are even being SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATED!

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Charles,

    Thanks for pointing it out.

    Yes it is a step in the right direction. We should SUPPORT not OPPOSE it.
    One step at a time. I agree.

    THE PROCESS should NOT STOP at removing only land and police powers, etc. The HUSK (13 amendment) is there for any future govt. (even this govt.) to bring back land and police powers.

    13 amendment is the HUSK or the BASE that destroys SL.

    e.g. 13 PLUS is a good example how this HUSK or BASE CAN BE used to further destroy the nation.

    e.g. UNHRC also relies on 13 amendment to destroy SL.

    e.g. Nothing stops another Perumal to do what he did even with these changes.

    e.g. TNA does NOT have a second tier at the moment. With the north PC they will develop a second generation of politicians, train them, finance them and develop them to take over from the current TNA leadership. Even with the changes this will still happen.

    e.g. TNA controlled north PC can have “cultural” links with Tamil Madu. Get down Tamil racists from Tamil Madu for “cultural exchanges”.

    13 amendment must go. Then there is NO BASE for separatists to build upon. Without 13 amendment, they will be fully EXPOSED to the “evils” of the 6 amendment!

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Gotabhaya is echoing OUR PLEAS! He is in effect saying that ETHNIC INTEGRATION of the North and East is central to achieving National Integration, and Permanent Communal Harmony! BRAVO, Mr. Defence Secretary!

    RISE UP ….. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP, in your TENS of MILLIONS, and REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Council System NOW. Raise your VOICE NOW to make PERMANENT the PEACE & HARMONY in our Resplendent Motherland!

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    Gotabhaya abhors exclusivity for any race anywhere

    by Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    June 18, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the Northern Province should be opened up for all communities to live in without further delay. That would be of pivotal importance to promote bonding among the people in the post-war era.

    The Defence Secretary emphasised that the Sinhalese shouldn’t be deprived of their right to buy land in any part of the country, including the Northern Province comprising the administrative districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya.

    The outspoken official said that the Sinhalese and the Muslim public servants too, should be allowed to serve in the Northern Province as well as in the predominantly Tamil areas of the Eastern Province.

    Asked whether he would take up the issue with the government, the Defence Secretary said that he had explained the situation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Those who had been propagating post-war national reconciliation should promote bonding among people, he said, alleging that as long as the Northern Province remained ‘closed’ to other communities it would continue to be a breeding ground for separatist sentiments.

    Responding to a query, the Defence Secretary said that many Tamil speaking people from the Northern and Eastern provinces had moved to Colombo and its suburbs as well as other areas over the years. In spite of the conclusion of the conflict in May, four years ago, they hadn’t been asked to return to their original places of living, he said. Likewise, others should be able to live in any part of the country, he added.

    The Defence Secretary said that recently he had had an opportunity to meet a Tamil engineer attached to the RDA and his deputy, also a Tamil speaking official responsible for an ongoing project at a Colombo suburb coming under his purview. If they could work here without any hindrance why couldn’t the people of other ethnicities be given appointments in the Northern region, the Defence Secretary queried.

    He recollected the circumstances under which the LTTE had driven the Sinhalese and the Muslims out of the Northern Province. A Norwegian found guilty of slaughtering about 80 men, women and children in 2011 was on record as having said that he was inspired by LTTE project to drive out the Muslims, he noted.

    The official emphasised the importance of taking tangible measures to address contentious issues. Although, the LTTE could no longer pose a military challenge, the post-war national reconciliation process was at risk due to the Northern Province having special status, he said. The Defence Secretary insisted that Northern Province shouldn’t be exclusively Tamil and similarly there should not be any exclusively Sinhala or Muslim areas in the country.

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA whisper lies in the ears of the President of India, making him believe that Sri Lankan Tamils are denied equal rights, and provoking him to jump to conclusions that Tamils are being discriminated against in Sri Lanka.

    NOTHING is further from the TRUTH, Dr. Singh! … Tamils are a PRIVILEGED GROUP in Sri Lanka EVEN TODAY enjoying exclusive Land Rights in Jaffna under Thesavalamai Laws that prohibits sale of LAND to other communities, and enjoying FAR MORE social equity in Srii Lanka than Indian citizens do in Tamil Nadu in India.

    FURTHERMORE, Eelamist Tamils of the TNA, Political PROXIES representing the SEPARATIST LTTE TERRORISTS DEFEATED only 4 years ago, are demanding SPECIAL RIGHTS in the Northern Province unavailable to other communities of Sri Lanka. No Can Do, Dr. Singh, in Sri Lanka citizens have ONLY EQUAL RIGHTS, NOTHING MORE!

    The COMPLETE & TOTAL SOLUTION to ALL of these MACHIAVELLIAN STRATEGIES, and TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES, of these Tiger Nominated Agents seeking to WIN IN PEACE what they FAILED TO WIN IN WAR, is to REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE ALL PROVINCIAL COUNCILS in one fell swoop!

    RISE UP ….. O Patriotic Sons and Daughters of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP to DEFEND & PROTECT your Motherland and your PEOPLE from those internal and external enemies plotting to create a Patchwork Quilt of Walled-off Racist Apartheid Bantustans in Sri Lanka, FOREVER at WAR with ONE ANOTHER!

    RISE UP … Patriots … EELAM WAR V is HERE! Your Motherland needs your VOICE and your SWORD arm NOW!

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    Indian PM dismayed over Sri Lanka’s plans to dilute 13th Amendment

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 19, Colombo: The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is “dismayed” over the Sri Lankan government’s plans to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India’s External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

    The Indian External Affairs Ministry said a six-member delegation of Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil Alliance, is visiting India from June 16-19 and they have met the Indian PM Tuesday to hold discussions on a political solution and especially the 13th Amendment.

    The Ministry spokesman said that the Prime Minister conveyed to the TNA delegation that he was dismayed by reports suggesting that the Sri Lankan government is planning to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment ahead of the Northern Provincial Council elections.

    “The proposed changes raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment,” the Prime Minister has said.

    The changes would also be incompatible with the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), set up by the Sri Lankan government, calling for a political settlement based on the devolution of power to the provinces, the PM has noted.

    The Prime Minister has also said that he was deeply concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka.

    “He stressed on the expectation that the Sri Lankan Tamil community would lead a life of dignity, as equal citizens, and reiterated that India would make every effort to ensure the achievement of a future for the community marked by equality, justice and self-respect,” the Ministry spokesperson said.

    The delegation led by TNA leader R. Sampanthan, consists of parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, P. Selvarajah, Selvam Adaikalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran. They had earlier called on the External Affairs Minister and the National Security Adviser. A TNA delegation had also visited India in October 2012.

  10. Ananda-USA Says:

    Tamils to vote in Provincial Council polls

    By P K Balachandran – COLOMBO
    NewIndianExpress.com
    June 19, 2013

    The Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill enabling people who were displaced from the Tamil-speaking Northern Province by the war to register for voting in the forthcoming elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC).

    With a certificate from the Grama Sevaka, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) can now cast their votes in the area in which they had lived prior to displacement. However, no person who is already registered as a voter in another place, can go back and vote in his original constituency in the North. The facility does not cover people who had left the country.

    Though the measure is seen as a just and democratic one, Tamil leaders say the revision of the electoral rolls, which will be necessitated by the Act, can be used to stall polls to the NPC to be held in September this year.

    “Anyone can go to court and stall the Northern elections,” said V Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front. The National Freedom Front (NFF) and other Sinhalese political parties are campai-

    gning against the NPC elections, as they fear that power may go into the hands of the “pro-LTTE” Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

    Envoy Arrives in SL

    Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, the new High Commissioner of India to SL, arrived in Colombo on Tuesday.

    Better known as Y K Sinha, the envoy had previously handled several important assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs, and in Indian missions in the Middle East, Europe, South America and the Permanent Mission of India at the UN.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    With you, Gota, all the way !

    Re the Law of the Land : ONE LAW for ALL in Sri Lanka, for land ownership and everything else too !

  12. Fran Diaz Says:

    Shenali,

    Our grateful thanks for this article and provoking valuable debate on the subject.

    ———-

    Ananda-USA,
    Agree with you, totally, in all you say here.
    We truly appreciate your analyses and relentless efforts to keep all informed of new developments re the 13-A.
    Re the part “The MOST IMPORTANT reasons for DISSOLVING the Provincials Councils are …”. The points are so clear that the 13-A must go.
    Re #4: Any GoSL will never be able to pass ANY Bill at this rate other than what the North wants !

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    I meant ASADA,

    Our grateful thanks for this article and provoking valuable debate on the subject.

    We have many heroes in this website !

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says:

    1. During the height of Eelam War IV, the three-member delegation to India comprising the Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and the Defence Secretary told India, represented by National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, that POLICE POWERS WILL NOT BE DEVOLVED under the 13th Amendment and Narayanan had FULLY AGREED with it.

    2. When President Rajapaksa had assured India as well as other countries that his government would offer 13th Amendment plus, the President had meant was that he would give a better solution acceptable to all communities. It was misinterpreting the President’s assurance to propagate the falsehood that the government was ready to implement the 13th Amendment, which was forced on the then President JR Jayawardenene.

    THERE YOU HAVE IT …. Straight talk from the Defence Secretary, that India was made aware that the 13th Amendment would be modified to EXCLUDE Police Powers even during the Eelam War, and that the 13th Amendment Plus would not be the same as what was forced down Sri Lanka’s THROAT by India, but was one that would serve ALL of Sri Lanka’s citizens better.

    Agreements made UNDER DURESS are ILLEGAL under ANY LAW. They can be, should be, and will be ABROGATED as soon as the VICTIM OF CRIMINAL COMPULSION regains its free will. IN FACT, it is the DUTY of the VICTIM to DO SO!

    It is PREPOSTEROUS to claim that Sri Lanka is DUTY-BOUND in any way to retain the 13th Amendment forced down its throat by India to satisfy her need for regional hegemony and to placate Indian Racists pursuing a Greater Tamil Nadu agenda!

    Sri Lanka must be governed to serve Sri Lanka’s National Interest, not to serve India’s interests!

    RISE UP …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP, in your TENS of MILLIONS, to REPEAL this Indian BALL & CHAIN shackling Mother Lanka’s limbs, NOW!
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    PCs won’t have police powers, Govt. has told India

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    June 19, 2013, 10:06 pm

    India had been informed of Sri Lanka’s decision not to devolve police powers to provinces at the height of the conflict, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.

    The Defence Secretary said that both, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and he, had emphasised during deliberations with senior Indian officials that devolution of police powers would be inimical to the national interest as well as political stability. “We made our position clear during talks involving top level delegations from Sri Lanka and India”, he told The Island.

    The three-member delegation comprised Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary. The troika functioned as an informal group on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to inform and interact with all those who matter, within and outside the country, in general and on events unfolding in Sri Lanka from time to time and visited New Delhi several times during the war.

    India was represented by National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh.

    The Defence Secretary was responding to Indian media reports of Indian Premier Manmohan Singh expressing concern over President Rajapaksa’s decision to amend the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    The Defence Secretary said vesting provinces with police powers would be inimical to the interests of minorities. Recollecting a discussion they had in New Delhi, Rajapaksa said that when Narayanan queried from Singh what he thought of Rajapaksa’s opposition to police powers being devolved to provinces, the Indian Defence Secretary had agreed fully with him.

    When it was pointed out that President Rajapaksa had assured India as well as other countries that his government would offer 13th Amendment plus, the Defence Secretary said that what the President had meant was that he would give a better solution acceptable to all communities. It would be nothing but foolish to misinterpret the President’s assurance to propagate the falsehood that the government was ready to implement the 13th Amendment, which was forced on the then President JRJ.

    Responding to allegations that Sri Lanka had gone back on its promise to implement the 13th Amendment after the conclusion of the conflict, the Defence Secretary alleged that it was the government of India that voted for the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after having promised to throw its weight behind Sri Lanka. “India let us down in Geneva, very badly,” the Defence Secretary said.

    Commenting on the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to study the national issue and make recommendations, the Defence Secretary said that the tangible actions would have to be taken to ensure the 13th Amendment wouldn’t be the cause for further chaos. If implemented fully as it is it could create a volatile situation not only in the Northern Province but other regions as well, the Defence Secretary said.

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