With CHOGM barely 10 days away, the Tamil National Alliance, which recently formed the Northern Provincial Council government by securing a thumping majority, finds itself unable to decide between boycotting the government’s grand show and the need for political engagement — in regard to both, its own participation and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s.

Much like their counterparts in Tamil Nadu, TNA politicians have so far demanded that Dr. Singh boycott the meeting, but moderate voices in the Alliance told The Hindu in private that some of them were, in fact, not opposed to his visit, especially if it included a trip to Jaffna.