The Ministry of external Affairs states that India has not requested for the non removal of police & land powers vested in provincial councils under the 13th amendment to the constitution.
Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunathilleke Amunugama when inquired by our news team noted that although the Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Kurshid had engaged in a phone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart Professor G.L. Peiris, a request in this regard had not been tendered.
Meanwhile the Jathika Hela Urumaya states that a new draft bill would be presented before parliament shortly which calls for the immediate nullification of the provincial council system established under the 13th amendment to the constitution.
Media Spokesperson of the JHU Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe speaking to our news team added that the JHU hopes to hold discussions in this regard with all relevant stakeholders.
Moreover deputy Minister of Plantation Industries earl Gunaseka addressing a gathering held in Kandy stressed that provincial councils should not be empowered with police & land powers.
UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella meanwhile states that the government should reveal if the stance shared by the JHU is similar to its stance.
Against this backdrop JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayeke states that although the 13th amendment to the constitution is to no avail, calls by certain parties to withdraw it are not done based on a national requirement.
Leader of the National Freedom Front Minister Wimal Weerawansa meanwhile remains opposed to vesting provincial councils with police & land powers.
Leader of the democratic National front Minister Wasudewa Nanayakkara however maintains that empowering provincial councils with police & land powers should not be an issue of concern.