Northern Provincial Council (NPC) chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam on Thursday ran away from the NPC sitting in an attempt to defend the position taken by NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, who wanted to postpone voting on a crucial motion on Tamil genocide at the 20th sittings of the NPC, news sources at the NPC Secretariat in Kaithadi told TamilNet. The NPC chairman has been postponing the resolution, which identifies the crimes that were committed and those that continue to be committed against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan State as genocide. Initially, there was no objection at the council to commence voting on the motion, which was brought by M.K. Shivajilingam. At the last minute Mr Wigneswaran said he wanted to postpone the voting till after the SL presidential election.
Earlier, the NPC chairman was citing the position of TNA-hierarchy in Colombo not wanting the resolution to be passed.
When the council demanded voting to determine the position of the majority, the chairman chose to escape from his seat at the session into his office carrying the mace. Councillor Shivajilngam seized the mace from the escaping chairman, initial reports said.
Sivagnanam was escaping after NPC councillors Ananthy Sasitharan, Raviharan and Vinthan Kanagaratnam demanded the motion to be put for voting.
Even the opposition EPDP councillors went on record questioning the conduct of the NPC chairman, the reports said.