A high profile Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary delegation led by R. Sampanthan will leave for New Delhi tomorrow on a special invitation extended by the Indian Government. The six-member TNA delegation will also meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister, Salman Kurshid.
The TNA delegation will also have discussions with other senior officials of the Indian political and the diplomatic circles on the Lankan Government’s move to delete vital powers allocated in the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, TNA Spokesperson, Suresh Premachandran, said.The visit of the TNA Parliamentarians to New Delhi takes place in the backdrop of senior Congress member Sudharshana Nachchiyappan’s conference, which commenced in New Delhi yesterday on the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987. Leaders of eight political parties from Sri Lanka and the representatives of the Lankan Tamil expatriates participate in the New Delhi confab.
The TNA delegation to New Delhi will include Mavai Senathiraja, M.A. Sumanthiran, Suresh Premachandran, Selvam Adaikalanathan and Pon Selvarasa.
Earlier, Sumanthiran, speaking on the changes to the 13th Amendment said the TNA would not allow changes to the amendment and the Alliance would vehemently oppose any move to scrap the 13th Amendment, which was meant to devolve powers to the provinces.