Indian origin Tamils back new reforms proposal

mano-ganeshan-2Indian Origin Tamils (IOT) have welcomed the cabinet’s latest decision on electoral reforms, the New Indian Express reported.

“It is a victory for the combined efforts of the parties of the IOT and the Muslims, and also small parties representing the Sinhalese, ” said Mano Ganeshan, IOT leader and head of the Democratic Peoples’ Front (DPF).

The Lankan cabinet on Friday decided that the total number of seats in parliament should be raised from 225 to 237.Out of the 237, 145 should be filled through the First Past the Post (FPP) system; 55 through the Proportionate Representation (PR) system; and 37 should be filled by nomination by the various political parties represented in parliament.

The FPP system will apply to electoral constituencies as in India.The PR System will apply to district-wise electorates.Seats filled by nominations will be distributed among political parties according to  the number of seats they get through the FPP and PR systems.

Friday’s decision is favorable to the IOT,the Muslims and the small parties because the number of seats in parliament has been increased.And the cabinet has decided to ask the Election Commission to delimit constiuencies in such a way that the minorities can get their candidates through to parliament.The cabinet however rejected the minorities’ demand for multi-member constituencies.

The cabinet’s decision will now be put to parliament and efforts will be made to pass the reforms in the form of the 20th. Constitutional Amendment.

But it could run into rough weather if the opposition United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its chief constituent,Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP),oppose it.The UPFA and SLFP enjoy majority in parliament.

While sections of  the UPFA are under the influence of former President Mahinda Rajapskda who wants to topple the government, the SLFP had asked for 165 seats to be filled through the FPP system but the cabinet has decided to keep it at 145.

However, the titular leader of both the UPFA and the SLFP is President Maithripala Sirisena. And he  is committed to supporting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the cabinet. The onus of getting the support of the UPFA and the SLFP is on Sirisena.


  1. i am fascinated by your calling only these Tamils as Indian Origin Tamils. Where did the other Tamils originally come from? For that matter where did all others in Sri Lanka come from? It is time for these designations to be dropped and everyone to be called Sri Lankans.

  2. Probably this change is due to recent immigration law change in Canada. Sri Lankan Origin Tamils in Canada facing deportation if they break country’s law. These Tamil group of more than 150,000 have created enormous trouble to Canada as they carry out many Terrorist activities there. For long time Canadian politicians supported them to get their votes, but now they are scared to do so as many Tamil refugees have been involved in killing of people in the recent war in Sri Lanka.

  3. Mano Ganashe is Indian RAW agent ,previously he was support to LTTE.
    Mano G …several occasion met leader of LTTE Parabarkan ,that he ( Mano) that courage Tamil Terrorism and Eealm separatism in Sri lanka.

    Now he want Tamils to more power big share in south.
    He is traitor of Our nation, and against Sinhalese -Buddhist majority in South. TNA fight in North separatism and Mano Ganash fight separatism in South.
    All are they more or less Terrorist of Tamil-origin want DIVIDE undermine Unitary state of Sri lanka.
    They democracy and human right to misled the world community and Majority Sinhalese people.

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