TNA MPs meet Indian HC
A five-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation, led by MP R. Sampanthan, called on High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, yesterday (17), at India House.
Leader of Ilangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Maavai Senathirajah and TNA MPs Dharmalingam Sithadthan, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran were present during the meeting, whilst the High Commissioner was assisted by Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Jacob and Political Counsellor Banu Prakash. They discussed development of the North and East of Sri Lanka and improving connectivity between the two countries in the post-COVID period.
High Commissioner Baglay stressed on India’s long-standing commitment towards creating social infrastructure in Sri Lanka, such as housing that enabled all Sri Lankans including those in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to enjoy the fruits of peace, whilst reiterating India's support for the rehabilitation and development in areas such as connectivity, health and education. Various aspects of devolution and developmental aspirations of the people from the North and East were also discussed during the meeting.
The TNA delegation apprised the High Commissioner on the progress achieved thus far regarding the Provincial Council elections, which constitutes an integral part of Sri Lanka's policies and its Constitution.
Baglay reminded those present of India's support for devolution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka on the basis of full implementation of the 13th Amendment, which would be in line with Tamil aspirations for equality, justice, peace and reconciliation, whilst also strengthening Sri Lanka.