Every political party in the north are gearing up fort the coming local govt and provincial council elections and the TNA and Alliance of Tamil parties along with the others have already started their campaigning.
The main theme of both these parties is to win “a political solution to
the national problem of Tamils”. This issue that had been discussed for
the last 30 years has come back to the stage once again because the
Indian foreign minister is due here on the 20th of this month in the
wake of the Indian govt insisting on the Sri Lankan govt to take speedy
steps to find a political solution to solve the ethnic crisis.
Recently when the TNA delegation met Ashok Kantha at India House, the
TNA has said that the Indian govt should apply pressure on the Sri
Lankan govt to find a political solution immediately. The High
commissioner has told the TNA group that the President has promised
India to implement the 13th amendment to the constitution, so theTNA
should accept the northern Provincial council and make sure to contest
for it and get the power of it.
They were also told to talk to the Sri
Lankan govt along with other Tamil parties as well. However the TNA is
of the belief that the Indian foreign minister will talk about this
issue with the President when he comes here next week.
Meanwhile the TNA is also busy rousing up racist sentiments in the north
with their eyes on the coming elections and for this purpose they are
using a lot of false propaganda. Recently they alleged that the govt is
trying to settle Sinhalese families in 12,000 pre-fitted houses given to
the war displaced in the north. About 100 Sinhala families, who were
displaced from Jaffna in 2003 riots, are now staying at the Jaffna
railway station and the TNA and northern Tamil newspapers are trying to
project that this is part of the govt program to settle southern
Sinhalese people in the north. They obviously plan to discredit the govt
this way and get political advantage at the coming Elections.
Meanwhile like adding fuel to the fire, some Sinhalese tourists from the
south have entered the Jaffna university premises by force and behaved
unruly by throwing books around. The efforts of the govt to hush this
incident without trying to find the guilty and punish them, has made it
easy for these Tamil parties to spread Racism.
Meanwhile the Tamil Political Parties alliance met at the EPDP office in
Colombo recently and decided to request a meeting from the President
and also to invite the TNA to join them. Meanwhile northern sources said
that Sri Ranga Jeyaratnam, who joined the govt recently, is expecting
to be the chief minister of the north. He has gone there many times with
Namal Rajapakse and also by himself and got some of his friends to ask
the govt Ministers to help him become the chief minister candidate for
north. It is also said that EPDP leader Douglas Devananda is also hoping
to get this position.