India Trying To Build A Power Base In The North And East Says JVP
- Calling For Full Implementation Of 13th Amendment
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema
The JVP says that India is trying to build a power base affiliated to it in the North and East of Sri Lanka by calling for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told The Sunday Leader that since the government had not implemented the 13th Amendment in full since it was introduced 22 years ago through the Indo-Lanka Accord, the Indian government was now exerting pressure on Sri Lanka for its full implementation.
“They want provincial councils to be established in the North and East and merge the two provinces in order to build a power base that would be affiliated with India,” he said.
Referring to Indian media reports, Silva observed that India’s intentions were made clear when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted in the media saying that Sri Lanka needed to implement the Indo-Lanka Accord and the 13th Amendment, which is part of the Accord, even before President Mahinda Rajapska’s visit to India last week.
“However, the government has not clearly stated its stance as well. The President was quoted in the media saying the government would not give police powers to the provinces, but has agreed to devolve power,” he said.
According to Silva, the government seems to be more interested in amending the current electoral system rather than changing the existing provincial council system.