Crisis in the TNA once again after naming of ministers in the North; Signs of several parties boycotting swearing in ceremony

Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 19:31


Several coalitions of the TNA are preparing to boycott the Ministers swearing-in ceremony of the Northern Provincial Council to be held tomorrow.


Some crisis has been erupted with regard to the allocation of ministerial positions in the Northern Provincial Council.


The ministers of the Northern PC will be sworn in before Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in a ceremony to be held Jaffna.


A TNA spokesman told our news team that 2 ministerial posts have been allocated to TNA leader R. Sampandan’s party Tamil Arasu Kachchi while EPRLF and TELO have been allocated 1 position to each party.


Accordingly, T. Kurukularaja and P Sathyalingam who contested under the Tamil Arasu Kachchi ticket and won seats from Kilinochchi and Vavuniya districts respectively have been appointed as provincial ministers.


TELO member P Iyingaraneshan who won a seat from Mannar district and EPRLF member B. Dhaneeshwaran have also been offered ministerial positions.


However addressing a media briefing held in Jaffna today, EPRLF leader MP Suresh Premachandran said that the names proposed by him for the ministerial posts have not been submitted to the Provincial Governor by TNA leader R Sampandan.


He also said that his party hierarchy will meet this evening to take a decision with regard to their participation in tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremony.


TELO had nominated former parliamentarian M. K. Sivajilingam who won during the Northern Provincial Council election for the ministerial slot given to it.


However, speaking to our news team, M. K. Sivajilingam stated that since another person has been appointed for that slot, TELO will convene this afternoon and arrive at a final decision regarding participating in the swearing in ceremony tomorrow.


PLOTE has not been assigned any ministerial slots and our news team inquired from the leader of PLOTE, Dharmalingam Siddharthan regarding this.


In response he stated that since PLOTE had won only 3 seats the leader of the TNA refused to appoint a ministerial slot for his party and that although the leader of the TNA had proposed the chairmanship of the provincial council be given to PLOTE, he had refused the offer.


Meanwhile, the Hindu in its editorial had stated that the TNA which acquired the administrative authority of the Northern Province will face a great challenge and that since the TNA have no experience in administration, it will lead to practical difficulties.


Elaborating further the editorial of the Hindu newspaper stated that the TNA will find it difficult to obtain success in the North without initiating a proper plan of action.