Wimal says public should make decision about 13A implementation

Wimal says public should make decision about 13A implementation

Written by News 1st

01 Jun, 2014 | 9:50 pm

Minister Wimal Weerawansa says that it is the people of Sri Lanka who should decide whether or not the 13th Amendment to the Constitution should be fully implemented.

Meanwhile, speaking at an event in Hatton on Saturday, Senior Minister of Human Resources D.E.W. Gunasekera accused the two main political parties for failing to find common ground on the 13th Amendment.

The event was organized to mark the annual commemoration of O.L. Ramaiah, founder of the Red Flag Organization.

Speaking at the event, D.E.W.Gunasekera stated:

“There was yet another attempt made to break 13A before the northern provincial council polls. This can be implemented. The issue revolving around police powers can also be resolved through dialogue. I can place my faith to some extent on the Chief Minister of the North, but I am afraid if we provide police powers to chief ministers, whether we will be even able to walk on the streets freely. These are problems that can be resolved through dialogue. These are not serious issues. This is not a serious issue like an issue pertaining to your citizenship. Now, we have been forced to discuss that matter with India. India now is a stakeholder in this matter. If the two main parties in Sri Lanka, that is the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party, can come to a consensus, this can be resolved expeditiously. Why are they not resolving this issue? This is simply because they want to aggravate this problem further.”

Minister Wimal Weerawansa also spoke in this regard:

“The opposition is waiting for an answer and the government is pressed to provide a solution that goes beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. If they do not comply, they will have to face the consequences. Modi will push for the full implementation of the 13A, and when that happens there will be unrest created in much of society and in politics. India has suggested to devolve powers through the 13A. This is done to lay a trap in order to create a change in governance before the next presidential election. Through this there will be disagreements between the government and the public opinion, and this will create a negative impact on the government during the next major elections. This is what foreign forces are attempting to achieve. Therefore, the decision for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment must rest in the hands of the public.”

Minister Wimal Weerawanasa expressed these views at an event held in Narahenpita.

The Elvitigala Housing Complex, which was renovated after 39 years, was vested in the public at this occasion.

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