Sri Lankan Tamils went to the polls in large numbers on Thursday, defying what the opposition said were attempts to discourage voting in the heavily militarised Jaffna peninsula, where President Mahinda Rajapakse is widely disliked.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday expressed confidence in securing minority Tamil votes at the Presidential Election, although Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party, urged the Tamils to back opposition candidate.
Sri Lanka`s largest Tamil party Tuesday endorsed the main opposition candidate in next week`s election, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of failing to deliver reconciliation after the country`s ethnic war.
A delegation of Tamil National Alliance, the ruling party in Jaffna province of Sri Lanka, gave a "detailed" presentation on the current political situation in Lanka to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and sought greater role by India in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem there.
The rift within the Tamil National Alliance over ministerial appointments in the government for Sri Lanka`s northern province has widened with nine elected representatives refusing to be sworn in by the new Chief Minister.
Sri Lanka`s Supreme Court on Wednesday gave two weeks time to the country`s main Tamil party TNA to respond to petitions alleging that its election manifesto for northern provincial polls supported self determination for Tamils.
Sri Lanka`s main minority Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has swept to victory in the provincial council elections held in the Northern Province after 25 years, official results showed Sunday.