A fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a digital summit along with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, urged the nation to deal with Tamil aspirations with the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Tamil MPs questioned the federal government’s dedication to the previous Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987.
Jaffna legislator and All Ceylon Tamil Congress General Secretary G.G. Ponnambalam advised Parliament that his social gathering rejected the contentious laws on the premise that it “does not even form a starting point” to discovering an answer to the Tamil nationwide query. The ACTC has two legislators within the 225-member House. However, observing that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa may assume that as a result of [some] Tamil individuals reject the 13th Amendment, they’ve a chance to “throw away” the previous Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987, he stated: “That will never happen.”
Mr. Ponnambalam pointed to a “massive gap” between the Accord and the 13th Amendment that he referred to as a “unilateral interpretation” of the bilateral settlement by the then J.R. Jayawardene authorities. “Therefore, whilst we reject the 13th Amendment… the Accord is something we will not reject. On the contrary, we will hold India to account that it upholds the provisions of the Accord,” the Jaffna MP stated,.
Reiterating his level on the Accord, M.A. Sumanthiran, fellow Jaffna MP, stated the settlement “has to be honoured”.