TNA boycotts SL parliament protesting NE merger ruling

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 October 2006, 08:49 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians Thursday morning walked out of the Sri Lanka's parliament in protest of the Supreme Court ruling that the temporary merger of the North and East provinces was illegal and violated Sri Lanka's constitution. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam in a statement to the parliament Thursday said his party would boycott the sittings of the parliament until the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) reveals its stand on the merger decision, parliamentary sources said.

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TNA parliamentarians with black bands entered the parliament when it resumed sitting Thursday morning around 9.30 a.m. They walked into the well of the house and sat on the ground in protest to the Supreme Court order on the merger of two provinces, sources said.

Thereafter, Mr. Ponnambalam made a statement on behalf of the TNA parliamentary group. He said the SC order on the merger of two provinces has scuttled the opportunity to find a political solution to the Tamil national problem within a united Sri Lanka. He said TNA parliamentary group would boycott the parliament and that the government should reveal its stand before November 7th on the Supreme Court order on the merger of two provinces, sources said.

Soon after Mr. Ponnambalam concluded his statement, TNA parliamentarians got up and walked out the parliament, TNA sources said.

 

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