CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi and TMC leader GK Vasan on Wednesday welcomed the assertion of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe that the 13th amendment, meant to provide more powers to the Tamils, would be implemented by his government.
Hailing the announcement, Karunanidhi said the 13th amendment was intended to devolve more powers to Tamil provinces, recognise Tamil as an official language on par with Sinhalese and constitute HCs in all the provinces. He said that the DMK had called for the implementation of the 13th amendment several times and added that Ranil’s announcement had given huge hopes to Tamils across the world. The promises should be fulfilled at the earliest.
TMC leader GK Vasan said the implementation of the 13th amendment would give equal power to Tamils in the island and asked the island government not to delay its implementation. The new government should understand the spirit of the UN resolution calling for a probe into the war crimes in Lanka and conduct a just, transparent and impartial enquiry into the human rights violations, he said.
Welcoming the move, CPM State secretary G Ramakrishnan said the CPM was continuously insisting on the implementation of the 13th amendment and urged the island government to do so at the earliest.
However, Thol Thirumavalavan of VCK struck a discordant note when he said that the implementation of the 13th amendment was an interim solution and opined that only a separate homeland for Tamils would be lasting one. He said that Ranil had made the announcement under compelling circumstances and questioned as to why he did not implement it when he served as the Prime Minister, earlier. Expressing doubts about the promise getting fulfilled, Thirumavalavan said that it’s not known if Ranil would merge the north and eastern provinces as mentioned in the amendment.