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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2762

Sumanthiran Blasts Northern Province Governor on his Ignorance on the Constitution of Sri Lanka

Colombo, 14 December, (Asiantribune.com):

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran blasted Northern Province Governor on his Ignorance on the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

This was in response to the news report that appeared in the Daily News dated 12th December, where it was reported that the Northern Province Governor Retired Major General G.A. Chandrasri told that " TNA Ultra Vires The Constitution- Civilian or Military, a Governor has to play by the rules."

The Daily News report went on to add that "The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has to abide by the country's Constitution and the National Policy as members of the Northern Provincial Council, Northern province Governor G. A. Chandrasiri said yesterday. "Acting against the Constitution, the Tamil National Alliance has prepared budget proposals to initiate departments in the Northern Province at their inaugural budget," Governor Chandrasiri charged. The Governor said he has approved the Northern Provincial Council's appropriation budget. I made a note that they can only establish Authorities in the Province according to the Constitution."

Responding to Governors accusation, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumantiran speaking in the floor of the Parliament yesterday - 13 December, came out all guns blazing against the Northern Province’s Military Governor G.A. Chandrasiri, saying that while he may have expertise in extra-judicial killings, he was certainly no expert on constitutional affairs.

Sumanthiran MP further told Parliament in a hard hitting speech yesterday, “The Governor, being a military man is an expert in some areas. Under his command there were several extra judicial killings – he may be an expert on that. But he must know to leave matters constitutional to the constitutional experts. And not go around making pronouncements like this and making himself a fool.”

Sumanthiran said that under the constitution, the subjects of provincial and inter provincial transport and housing services were subjects listed under the provincial councils. Quoting from the relevant sections, Sumanthiran said the NPC was well within its rights to set up the departments.

“How dare the Governor say that creating departments for these two services is a violation of the constitution?” Sumanthiran charged.

“This is the reason why we want the Governor removed. You must have a civilian who will have some respect for the law. Who will at least read and understand the constitution,” the TNA MP told the House.

Quoting from Article 154 A constitution, Sumanthiran said that intentional violation of the constitution was one of the reasons why the Provincial Council may pass a resolution calling for the removal of the Governor, if he has intentionally violated the constitution. “I hope the NPC will take the necessary steps in this regard,” he said.

Editors Note: The Governor cannot be a 'judge and an executioner'. According to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, only the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka could interpret or define any Article or clause in the Constitution. Therefore it is high time that the Governor has to refrain from playing the role of the Supreme Court.

- Asian Tribune -

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