The much-awaited Northern Provincial Council (NPC) polls have come and gone. Much was said, over-said and unsaid when the Province was on campaign-mode. It is thus time that the Government at the Centre and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) revived the relative congeniality and mutual comfort that had marked their forgotten post-war negotiations. The latter’s relevance has increased, not decreased, since.
Power-devolution and political solution have assumed more relevance. On ground, the TNA would feel the benefits of what is present and the pinch of what is absent. The Thirteenth Amendment may not be the best from the present perspective of both stake-holders. Yet, they have made it the reference point, nonetheless. In co-habitation, both will know as constitutional institutions, political parties and people(s) what hurts, where, why and how. That should be the beginning, not the end.
The beginning is now and here. Pre-poll and afterward the TNA had demanded the replacement of G A Chandrasiri, the ‘military’ Governor of Northern Province. The TNA had backed Sarath Fonseka, war-time Commander of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) for the presidency with the theoretical possibility of his winning the elections and running the nation for six years, if not more. Chandrasiri, in comparison, was a second-line officer. Like Fonseka then, Chandrasiri is now retired.