Cohabitation begins with Wiggie-Chandrasiri pow-wow

  Published : 12:54 am  October 1, 2013  |  8,308 views  |  8 comments  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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By Dharisha Bastians
Northern Province Chief Minister Elect C.V. Wigneswaran and Provincial Governor Maj. Gen. G.A. Chandrasiri met in Jaffna yesterday, setting the stage for political cohabitation between the new council and the central Government after the Tamil National Alliance swept the provincial polls on 21 September.
The Governor would issue a letter appointing Justice Wigneswaran as Northern Chief Minister today, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told Daily FT last evening.
“Thereafter the Chief Minister will advise him with regard to other ministers and the Governor will then appoint them,” the TNA Parliamentarian explained.
During an acrimonious election battle, the TNA repeatedly called for the removal of the Province’s military Governor and accused him of campaigning on behalf of the ruling coalition that was also contesting the polls. The Tamil party has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to swear in its Chief Minister designate in Jaffna, presumably to avoid Justice Wigneswaran from having to take oaths before Governor Chandrasiri.
But during a meeting that reports said had been civil at the Governor’s Office last morning, Justice Wigneswaran and the TNA delegation discussed modalities with the Governor on how to proceed with the constitution of the newly elected Council, Sumanthiran said.
Speaking to Daily FT, Governor Chandrasiri said his office was in the process of putting arrangements in place following discussions with the TNA delegation yesterday. “We are getting things organised for them to meet,” the Governor said.
TNA MP Sumanthiran said the inaugural session of the newly elected Northern Provincial Council was also discussed during the meeting. He added that an Assembly Hall at Kaittady in Jaffna was being prepared for the Council to assemble.
“The hall will be ready by 12 October, and it is likely that the first meeting of the Northern Provincial Council will be held after 15 October,” Sumanthiran said.
The TNA is still in the process of finalising the appointments of provincial ministers which the MP said would happen when the party meets in Colombo on 2 October.
“The board of ministers will be appointed on a balance of districts, constituent parties within the alliance and other factors,” Sumanthiran noted.


8 Responses to “Cohabitation begins with Wiggie-Chandrasiri pow-wow”

  1. Karun on October 1st, 2013 7:50 am

    It is a good sign to see that TNA is fall in line with the rest of the country.

  2. Rita on October 1st, 2013 9:00 am

    Compromise and conciliatory tone is the best course for the Central Government and TNA in the North.

  3. Karu on October 1st, 2013 10:28 am

    Will Nelson Mandela be in Sri Lanka Mr.Chief Minister. Save the North and the South.
    Mr. Laksman Kadiragamar was tipped to be the PM. You can even win the Presidential election.

  4. Kumar on October 1st, 2013 11:05 am

    Both President Mahinda & Justice Wignes could work to resolve Tamil issues without any further delays. I am sure Jusice with work within the rules of sri Lankan constitution. Good Luck

  5. Jayasingha on October 1st, 2013 1:02 pm

    Yes, anything is possible in this democatic country. It would be nice to see a MR vs CW contest for the Presidential poll instead of a MR vs RW contest.

  6. Upali Tirimanne on October 1st, 2013 1:24 pm

    Mr. Wigneswaran can become a Sri Lankan President if he can win the heart and minds of the Sinhala People by becoming a role model new Chief Minister .

  7. Wigneswaran and Chandrasiri meet, President to attend swearing in | The Republic Square on October 1st, 2013 3:59 pm

    [...] Provincial Council met with Provincial Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri yesterday, in the first move towards political cooperation between the Tamil National Alliance and the government.  The Governor will issue a letter appointing Wigneswaran as Chief Minister today, and the [...]

  8. Raju on October 1st, 2013 5:41 pm

    MR vs CW a long shot. CW has to prove he is worthy of such office, that he can be a representative for all Sri Lankans not only the 25% of Tamils in the North. His utterances during the election did not measure that personality. At least ones ability to think this way is a positive development in Sri Lanka politics. After all we are citizens of one country. If we cannot say that we are Tamils or Sinhalese without persecution we have not won that confidence of each other. At the moment Tamils can slander the government and the Sinhalese with impunity all around the world, but when a Sinhalese who is trying to defend his identity is branded as a racist by the very same audience.

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