SL Tamil parties seek Indian help to conduct provincial polls

A group of Tamil minority political parties in Sri Lanka has urged India to intervene and put pressure on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hold long-pending elections in nine provinces.

The provincial elections have been postponed since 2018 due to a legal snag with attempted electoral reform that year. All the nine councils remain defunct right now.

The Tamil political leaders met the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, on Tuesday and sought Indian pressure on the Lankan president to hold the elections for the nine provinces.

“The president has lost his mandate. So this is the best time to hold the postponed provincial council election to test the public opinion,” Mano Ganesan, a leader of the Tamil Progressives Front, told reporters here on Wednesday.

The international community has no trust in Rajapaksa as he has lost his credibility among the public, he said.