Ensure implementation of Lankan constitutional provision, Sri lankan Tamil MP urges PM Modi

A Tamil lawmaker from Sri Lanka said Wednesday he has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convince the Lankan government and Tamil parties to fully implement the constitutional provision that deals with devolution of land and police powers to the provinces.

Douglas Devananda, the Eelam People's Democratic Party MP from Jaffna, said he has made the request to Modi on the 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution in his personal capacity.

"The 13th Amendment should be implemented in full. For that, (he should) use his good office with the Government of Sri Lanka, with other Tamil party leaders, convince them to implement it," Devananda said during an interaction with reporters in New Delhi.

The 13th Amendment, an outcome of an agreement reached between India and Sri Lanka in 1987, deals with devolution of land and police powers to the provinces in Sri Lanka.

As the northern and the eastern provinces, previously controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, remain firm on devolving the police and land powers to them, the central government appears to be not in favour of provincial councils possessing more powers in these two prime areas.

During the visit, the Lankan lawmakers have also visited leaders of the principal opposition, the Congress. Their visit concludes Friday.

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