Putting aside Indias concerns,Sri Lanka may go ahead with its plans to change the 13th Amendment,a top Lankan minister hinted. The move comes ahead of the northern provincial council polls in September where the Tamil National Alliance stands a good chance to win.
As per the amendment that followed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord of July 1987,the Sri Lanka government had agreed to devolve some authority to its provinces.
Economic development minister and younger brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa,Basil Rajapaksa,who returned from New Delhi,was non-committal on any conditions that New Delhi might have pushed for. When we bring in a Bill we wouldnt normally retract. We will go back only if the people wanted us to go back, he said.
India has stressed the need to implement the constitutional provision on devolution of powers to provinces without dilution and to go beyond it to ensure meaningful development.