Upcountry Tamils fear being ignored

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Upcountry People's Front (UPF) will oppose the PA's devolution package if there is no provision in it to resolve the problems of the hill country people said Mr. P.Chandrasekeran, leader of the UPF who is deputy Minister for Public Utilities in the PA government.

Mr.Chandrasekeran was speaking at a public meeting organized this week by his party in Bogawantalawa.

"A war has been going on in the northeast for more than 15 years. The people of the northeast are engaged in this war against the government demanding the right to self determination"

"The Muslims have not taken up arms to struggle for their rights. But they scare the government with their strength. The problems of the hill country people are ignored and solutions to them are delayed mainly because we are politically divided" he said.

The PA was able to form the government in Sri Lanka in 1994 on a single vote majority in Parliament which was provided by the UPF with only seat that the party had managed to secure in that general election.

Later in 1995, the UPF was sidelined by the Chandrika regime when the powerful upcountry trade union boss Mr.Thondaman cut a deal with President Chandrika and joined the government as a cabinet minister.

Mr. Chandrasekeran felt slighted and said so to his party and supporters. However he opted to keep his job. But once in a while he gives vent to his chagrin in this manner by making veiled but weak threats at meetings not covered by the press.

 

Latest 15 Reports
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
04.07.18 20:29  
Geneva-based human rights regime is big disappointment: Tamil political prisoners
03.07.18 23:39   Photo
Source files from one of digital cameras witnessing 2009 genocide released to public domain
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=95