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MR Should Be Royality: I Got Royally Screwed. - Singh

Thursday, 13 June 2013 - 12:36 AM SL Time

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is extremely annoyed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s recent subtle efforts to undermine the quantum of devolution provided to the Island`s nine Provinces through the thirteenth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution that was facilitated by India.

President Rajapaksa & Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-file pic- via PTI
According to informed Indian sources the usually mild mannered Manmohan Singh known for his gentle and genteel ways had in uncharacteristic fashion almost blown a fuse when informed of recent efforts by President Rajapaksa to amend the Sri Lankan Constitution in a manner that would seriously undermine the devolution arrangements enabled by the 13th Constitutional Amendment.

Circles linked to the Indian external affairs establishment referred to as South Block speaking on condition of anonymity revealed that the Indian Govt in general and the Prime minister in particular were of the view that the Rajapaksa regime`s attempts to introduce the 19th Constitutional amendment at this juncture was an expression of bad faith .

According to these sources Prime minister Singh known for his docile demeanour had reacted rather angrily to details of the proposed 19th amendment as it had potentially drastic implications for the future of the Provincial councils in Sri Lanka.

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The Indian Premier had apparently been irritated as he considered the proposed move to be a violation of sincere assurances provided to him directly by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on more than one occasion.

While New Delhi was expecting Colombo to go ahead with its pledges and implement the thirteenth amendment in full after holding elections to the Tamil majority Northern Provincial council, the recent move to amend the Constitution amounted to a display of bad faith in this regard.

According to Indian sources close examination of the draft proposals had shown that the amendment though seemingly innocuous at face value has the potential to cripple provincial councils and reduce them to an empty shell in the future.


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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reportedly stressed that there would be no compromise on Colombo s promise to implement the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution which provides more powers to Tamil areas in Sri Lanka s Northern and Eastern provinces.

Dr. Singh thus assured a delegation of Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu in Parliament House on Friday.

According to Congress Lok Sabha member from Cuddalore K.S. Alagiri, who was present at the meeting, the PM even quoted Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as saying that his country would even implement 13 plus (more than what was there in the amendment) for the welfare of Tamils.

The 13th Amendment, prepared on the basis of the 1987 agreement signed by Rajiv Gandhi and J.R. Jayawardene (Indo-Sri Lanka Accord), devolves as many as 37 powers to the island nation s Northern and Eastern provinces. Largely drawing on the Indian federal set-up, it has three lists which detailed power-sharing between Colombo and the provinces. Broadly, it provided for a merger of and certain financial provisions of the two provinces. The provinces would have an elected council, a Chief Minister and Ministers.


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LK Information  12 Jun 2013 18:23:59 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reportedly stressed that there would be no compromise on Colombo s promise to implement the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution which provides more powers to Tamil areas in Sri Lanka s Northern and Eastern provinces.


Man Mohan singh is trying to Be the RAM here.

Indira Gandhi was like that.
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Remember, he was at sight every time when there was LTTE-Army battle.

He could not predict that LTTE was losing.
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LK Information  12 Jun 2013 18:27:13 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Suddenly, India is the Tamil Darling.
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New Delhi that had wanted the LTTE to commit on federal solution as condition to bring in ceasefire, started arrogantly imposing the unitary 13 Amendment once the war ended in genocide, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam exposes, bringing out the roles played by new Delhi s National Security Advisor, M.K. Narayanan, and the former Foreign Secretary and the present NSA, Shivshankar Menon. When some of the TNA members attempted to explain that the 13th Amendment couldn t be the way to find a political solution to the national question, Mr Narayanan responded in an angry tone stating that India knew what was good for Tamils much better than the Tamils themselves. The Indian delegation categorically told us that the 13th Amendment was the solution, Mr Gajendrakumar said
he exposure raises serious questions on the trustworthiness of New Delhi that is keen only on getting public commitments of subjugation from Eezham Tamils. The story of deception should also enlighten the Tamils on why they should not depend on behind the screen manoeuvrings but should insist on transparent commitment from India and the IC, on the right to exercise the self-determination of the genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils, commented activists for alternative politics in Jaffna, responding to Gajendrakumar s revelations on Tuesday.
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Now, they are only talking about the 13th Amendment, which has been denounced by the Tamil people for the past 26 years as something that cannot even bring any devolution of powers within the unitary structure of the Sri Lankan State.
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Tamils should not be waylaid to think that since Sinhala extremist forces are against the 13th Amendment, there is something in it for Tamils.
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Just one question: is 13A part of SL constitution or not?
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Katchchatheevu gone!
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