After September 21st
Posted on September 17th, 2013

S. Akurugoda

The election for the Northern Provincial Council under the 13th Amendment (13th A) is scheduled to be held on 21st of September, in couple of days time.

The nationalist elements within the Government rank were all out to -Ëœstrengthen the hands of the President if 13th A was to be amended, while anti-nationalist elements within the government who supported Prabhakaran-â„¢s Eelam dream ‚ throughout were‚  against any changes to the 13th A.‚  As far as we remember, Minister Wimal Weerawasna said there is no point holding a ministerial role under a government, if‚  13th A is not amended, while Ministers Vasudeva Nanyakkara‚  and Rajitha Senarathne announced their readiness to leave the government if the 13th A is touched. ‚ JHU went to the extent to move an Amendment to the Constitution to repeal ‚ 13th A, in vain,‚  without noticeable support from major political parties, UNP and the SLFP. ‚ ‚ 

‚ According media reports,‚  heavy arguments took place few months ago between the ministers Wimal and Rauff Hakeem (a person who shook hands with Prabhakaran after signing a memorandum of understanding while holding a ministerial position within Ranil Wickramsinghe-â„¢s‚  government )‚  when the Cabinet of ministers were discussing the issue of amending the13th A. ‚ ‚ Although the Cabinet, at that meeting said to have decided to bring one minor change to the 13th A, that decision too went under the carpet soon after one Indian Minister brought a message from their PM.‚  Just to defuse the tension between the two groups within the government, and also to mark time, President Mahinda Rajapaksa‚  appointed a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC).‚  JHU, the only political party against the 13th A in its entirety, has already walked away from the PSC stating their dissatisfaction with the progress. ‚ Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front’s stand, however, appears to be in favour ‚ the removal of Police and Land Powers from 13th A, and not the repealing of 13th A. ‚ Although MEP is also another party within the government who were not in support of 13th A, their stand against the abolition of 13th A is not very clear.

Under the circumstance, it looks like everything has gone in favour of 13th A supportive groups within the government ‚ and, in fact, they are the people now -Ëœstrengthening-â„¢ (certainly weakening) the hands of the President.‚  Probably, some may expecting to bring the so-called -ËœReconciliation-â„¢ which was expected to achieve after the war, via the -ËœMassina-â„¢ (brother in Law) relationship of Vasu and Wigneswaran , TNA-â„¢s CM candidate .‚  When a well known racist figure within UN visited the country, under the guise of fact finding, Vasu and Hakeem were in the forefront to greet her on behalf the government.‚  Now Rajitha is addressing the northern PC election rallies with the President as a part of -Ëœstrengthening-â„¢ his hands.‚ 

There is a need to have a two-third majority to change the constitution. The current two-third majority claimed by the government is dependent on those who support the 13 Amendment too. ‚ The other alternative could be to go for a referendum. As such, It is very unlikely that the government or any future government will take steps to abolish the 13th A, since Provincial Councils (PCs) are now providing the bread and butter for‚  the‚  kith and kins of their political henchmen .‚ 

TNA once elected, will take the maximum use of the provisions in the 13th A to achieve their sinister motives by hook or crook.

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TNA has already announced their -ËœThimpu-â„¢ demands,‚ ‚  once again, via its manifesto.‚  TNA, led by its CM candidate, has started glorifying the slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in its campaign for the NPC elections. Once elected, on 21st September, the Tamil racist elements throughout the world will continue to demand their so-called aspiration, this time with the help of the anti-Sinhala, anti-Buddhist west led by USA, UK and EU countries, India backed by Tamil racist politicians in Tamil Nadu and similar elements within UN too.‚ ‚ ‚ 

As an initial step, TNA will demand to provide what is in the Constitution under the 13th A.‚  The very same politicians who are now supporting the 13th A within the Government, UNP and‚  all the other Tamil/Muslim political parties formed on racial basis as their party names implies, will continue to support this claim of TNA.

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It would be easier to write down the powers remaining in the Centre since the powers devolved (are to be devolved) to PCs under the 13th A are enormous. Powers yet to be handed over include police and Land and Judiciary.

The subjects retained under the Centre include National Policy on Security, Foreign Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Television, Justice in so far as it relates to the judiciary and the courts structure, Finance in relation to national revenue, monetary policy and external resources; Customs, Foreign Trade, Inter Province Trade and Commerce, Ports and Aviation, National Transport, Minerals and Mines, Immigration and Emigration and Citizenship, Immigration and Emigration and Citizenship, Elections, Census and Statistics, National Archives, Archaeological Activities and Sites and Antiquities declared by or under any law made by Parliament to be of National Importance, Rivers and Waterways, Shipping and Navigation, Maritime zones including Historical Waters, Territorial Waters, Exclusive Economic zone and Continental Shelf and Internal Waters, State Lands and Foreshore except to the extent specified in Item 18 of List I of the Ninth Schedule of 13th A.

The government cannot change anything which comes under the subjects of PCs without approval from all the PCs in the country.‚  The government had to face this fact when -ËœDivi Naguma-â„¢ Bill was introduced to the parliament. It looks like the government has not learned a lesson from its past. The 37 subjects devolved to PCs are given in the List I (and also in the List III – Concurrent List) of the Ninth Schedule. These include all the subjects other than those retained by the government (the List II or the Reserved List).

Because of the shortsighted policies of our politicians, the fate of Sinhala Buddhist in their own country is at stake.‚  Today our country’s identity as a Sinhala Buddhist nation is no more.‚  Both the major political parties, UNP and the SLFP are after winning the minority votes to compete each other to grab power and to remain in power.‚  Those who speak on behalf of Sinhala Buddhist are branded as extremists.‚  Those who support communities other than Sinhala Buddhist, no matter whatever they do, are garlanded as human right activists. It is likely that pleasing political parties formed on racial basis, (as their party name implies) by way of giving into their racial demands ‚ ignoring the Sinhala community-â„¢s concerns will go on without much resistance with time to come, as a part of political game between the two major political parties.‚  The flying Buddhist flag and the stature of the D.S. Senanayake ‚ at the Independent Square premises are being questioned by misled foreigners who know nothing about the country-â„¢s history. All they may know is that Sri Lanka is the only country in the world with Tamil as it-â„¢s one of the official language and one third of the country-â„¢s land have been claimed as‚  historical habitation of the Tamils.‚ 

By accepting Northern and Eastern provinces as historical habitation of the Tamils under the Rajiv- JR pact, making Tamil as an official language under the 13th A , making provisions for amalgamation of Northern and Eastern Provinces into one administrative unit where the Tamils will have a clear majority have paved the way to this unfortunate situation.

 

9 Responses to “After September 21st”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    November 21, 2013 will be a DAY OF INFAMY, comparable to that infamous day of March 14, 1815, when a coterie of treacherous gullible chiefs of Sri Lanka handed over Sri Lanka’s haloowed CRown to the Perfidious Albion!

    On November 21, 2013, the very UPFA GOSL, that WAGED and WON a WAR of National Liberation and Reunification of Sri Lanka will ABJECTLY CAPITULATE and hand over in PEACE control of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to the political PROXY of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam crushed in battle at great cost in blood and treasure, to comply with a Constitutional Amendment RAMMED DOWN Sri Lanka’s protesting throat by India … the very power responsible for inciting and fostering Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka.

    On November 21, 2013 the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA will take control of the Northern Province and begin its incremental campaign to create the Separatist State of Eelam, and will inexorably seek UNION with Tamil Nadu in India.

    This unbelievable TURN OF EVENTS, breathed new life on this DAy of Infamy, November 21, 2013, will spawn the Eelam War V, for the PATRIOTS of Sri Lanka will NEVER ACCEPT the Division of Sri Lanka into a patchwork quilt of Communal States.

    Those leaders of Sri Lanka who stood by and allowed this tragedy to occur will be Swept Away and Consumed in the ensuing maelstorm, for they who seed the wind shall reap the whirlwind!

    It is NOT the SURVIVAL of LEADERS that is at stake here, but the SURVIVAL of the NATION & ALL of its PEOPLE.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    November 21, 2013 will be a DAY OF INFAMY, comparable to that infamous day of March 14, 1815, when a junta of treacherous gullible chiefs of Sri Lanka handed over Sri Lanka’s hallowed Crown to the Perfidious Albion!

    On November 21, 2013, the very UPFA GOSL, that WAGED and WON a WAR of National Liberation and Reunification of Sri Lanka will ABJECTLY CAPITULATE and hand over in PEACE control of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province to the political PROXY of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This capitulation to the LTTE, militarily crushed in battle at great cost in blood and treasure, to comply with a Constitutional Amendment RAMMED DOWN Sri Lanka’s protesting throat by India … the very power responsible for inciting and fostering Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka, boggles my mind.

    On November 21, 2013 the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA will take control of the Northern Province and begin its incremental campaign to create the Separatist State of Eelam, that will inexorably seek UNION with Tamil Nadu in India.

    This unbelievable TURN OF EVENTS, breathed new life on this Day of Infamy, November 21, 2013, will spawn the Eelam War V, for the PATRIOTS of Sri Lanka will NEVER ACCEPT the Division of Sri Lanka into a patchwork quilt of Communal States.

    Those leaders of Sri Lanka who stood by and allowed this tragedy to occur will be Swept Away and Consumed in the ensuing maelstrom, for they who seed the wind shall reap the whirlwind!

    It is NOT the SURVIVAL of LEADERS that is at stake here, but the SURVIVAL of the NATION & ALL of its PEOPLE.

  3. Ben Silva Says:

    Sinhalese should aim for survival. Unfortunately, we are gradually being eliminated, with a shrinking living space. We have been brain washed by an Indian myth to aim for extinction. A crazy, loony and a foolish idea. I doubt if my comment would be published and rather sad that the bSinhaLESE HAVE NO VOICE AND NO BODY CARES!

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    From the interview of Hindustan Times with the President.

    “HT: The Geneva Convention applies to warring states but not to non-state actors like the LTTE. Given that there are civil war and sectarian wars all over the world and from the point of view of a human rights lawyer, do you think there ought to be amendments to those laws?”

    This is a HUGE opportunity for people.

    Pro-SL people should set up a rebel group = NON-STATE ACTOR. And start getting rid of THREATS to the nation.

    As Geneva Convention does NOT apply to them, NO war crimes!!

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Just how important is the Geneva Convention for Sri Lanka ? If our local Laws are added to or subtracted to suit the Security Needs of the Nation, the GC will not be relevant. It seems to us that some Laws are missing to take care of the Security issues.

    Also, there is problem here if it is a REBEL group that is formed to get rid of ‘threats to the nation’. They can well break the law of the land, though not caught in the GC net.

    What if REBEL non-state actors get rough through RIOTS, then the police & the armed forces have to step in. Then won’t the Geneva Convention will apply as a state actors (police, armed forces) are involved ?

    We feel it is better to handle the needs of Security to the Nation through the Law of the Land. Add and subtract to the Law as necessary and ACT on them. Also the MEDIA should be used extensively to expose false statements, values, etc. and also to promote those ideas that are life supportive to all in Lanka.

  6. SA Kumar Says:

    Fran Diaz
    This Rt Judge will have short political life (not more than 4 years or less ) like well frog !
    but MR have 40 years political life & vision for United mother Lanka ! as he proofed in EP !
    Thanks to VP for electing MR (at least one good thing he done to us) !

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Let us WAIT & SEE whether the Supreme Court that spawned Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake will DEFEND & PROTECT the Motherland … or is still a DEFENDER & PROTECTOR of its anti-national enemies.

    So far … the Supreme Court has been a FOX minding the HEN House … a USELESS ENTITY presiding over the dissolution of our beloved Motherland … and populated by bunch of tax-payer supported hidden traitors!

    …………………………..
    Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court issues notice to Tamil party over election manifesto

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Sept 18, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today issued notice on the leaders of the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to appear before the court on 2nd October to show cause regarding the constitutionality of the TNA election manifesto.

    The apex court issued the notice when a petition filed by President of the Patriotic National Movement Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera against the TNA election manifesto was taken up for hearing.

    The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the petition but did not deliver an injunction order suspending the Northern Provincial Council election as demanded by the petitioner.

    The tri-member bench hearing the petitions comprised Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justices K. Sripavan and Rohini Marasinghe.

    Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera filed a petition in the Supreme Court on September 17 appealing to declare the election manifesto of the TNA is against the constitution.

    The petitioner cited in his petition that the TNA election manifesto has been unscrupulously targeted to establish a separate state in the unitary Sri Lanka.

    The petitioner further demanded to deliver an injunction suspending the Northern Provincial Council election until the examination of the petition is concluded.

    The petition requested the Court to ascertain whether the TNA manifesto is in contravention to the Sri Lanka Constitution as it has suggested forming a separate state in Sri Lankan soil.

    Petitioner has further cited in the petition that the manifesto is in line with the hidden agenda of the LTTE. In its election manifesto, the TNA, once considered as a proxy for the terrorist group LTTE during the war, has called for establishing power sharing arrangements in a unit of a merged Northern and Eastern Provinces based on a Federal structure. TNA secretary Mavai Senathirajah, leader R. Sampanthan and Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya have been mentioned as the respondents of the petition.

    Four more petitions have been filed in the court by Sinhala organizations requesting the court to suspend the Northern Provincial Council elections over the charge that the TNA manifesto violated the Constitution.

    The petitioners claim that the TNA manifesto violates the sixth amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution which says that no political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    Under the Constitution, the Supreme Court has power to proscribe any political party or other association or organization found guilty of having the objective to establish a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

    TNA leaders have vehemently rejected the allegation that its election manifesto demanded a separate state of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

    However, comments made by the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Province, former Supreme Court judge C. Vigneswaran glorifying the slain terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran as a hero not a terrorist, has fueled fears in the southern polity that the party is attempting to revive the arms struggle to achieve the separate state goal.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    SA Kumar,

    The “Rt Judge” has already broken the Laws of Sri Lanka (illegal Manifesto of TNA). Shows how useless he is to Sri Lanka for any period of time.

    ——–

    Any political party or persons contravening the 6th Amendment should be prosecuted by the Ministry of Defence &/or the Ministry for Law & Order (the new Ministry). The 6-A is tied to Security issues and should be acted on immediately.

    The TNA Manifesto is a clear indication of transgression of the Laws of Sri Lanka. The existing TNA Manifesto must be removed and a new written up in keeping to the Law of the Land. If not, the TNA members ought to be prosecuted under the 6-A.

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oops! Obviously I meant September 21, 2013 as the DAY OF INFAMY. and NOT November 21, 2013! Clearly, as in all things, Haste makes Waste!

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