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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 05.50 GMT
TNA must avoid the urge to over-interpret its mandate - The Hindu


“TNA must avoid the urge to over-interpret its mandate,” The Hindu editorially adviced the Tamil political alliance that won an overwhelming majority in the North Provincial Council elections. Steering clear of the extreme nationalist pronouncements by Tamil diaspora organisations, it has made a good start by stating that its victory represents the wish of the people for adequate self-rule within a united and undivided Sri Lanka , the newspaper added.

The editorial described the election as crossing ‘an important milestone toward national reconciliation,’ and stated that ‘with the holding of elections to its Northern provincial council more than four years after the war against the LTTE ended, and for the first time since the 1988 election for the short-lived North-Eastern Provincial Council, the September 21 vote gives the war-ravaged North its first-ever democratic political set up that will share governance with the centre.’

As expected, the Tamil National Alliance swept the election. It won 30 out of 38 seats in the council, leaving no doubt about who represents the Tamils. Sri Lanka ’s ruling United Progressive Front Alliance, which fielded candidates of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party, won only seven seats despite having poured in huge amounts of money into infrastructure building in the North, the editorial pointed out.

The Hindu editorial stated that dire predictions that the Sri Lanka Army would use its overwhelming presence in the province to influence the outcome of the election proved incorrect; senior ministers in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet have correctly described the election and the TNA win as a victory for democracy, and expressed their readiness to work with the new set-up in the North.

The massive preferential mandate for its chief ministerial candidate, C.V. Wigneswaran, who made clear his moderate views and desire for a constructive partnership with Colombo , is a clear sign that the people of Northern Sri Lanka are with him, the newspaper concluded.




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