Written by Bella Dalima
18 Oct, 2014 | 6:11 pm
Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake addressing a forum in Colombo on Friday October 17, commented on the steps that need to be taken for the forthcoming presidential elections.
He shared these views;
[quote]Two-thirds is not merely a numerical value and it is not just numbers. It has a deep meaning to it. If a certain ruler can seek a two third’s majority which means a large public mandate, then that means they can make amendments to some articles in the constitution. Some had court cases against them. They were given refuge after being made promises that these cases will be withdrawn. Some had pressure from their husbands.
I can recall, that once the husband beat a female MP and chased her away the night before she crossed over. This is the truth. Her vote is also within this two-thirds majority. Some had outstanding loans at the banks. Some were facing situations where their lands would be auctioned off. Some crossed over for money. Some had their wives hospitalised in Australia, and were burdened by the hospital charges. Some crossed over simply to pay that hospital bill.[/quote]
[quote]Therefore, this 2/3s majority is not one that was obtained via a public mandate. This 18th Amendment is immoral. We need to proper devolve power within the country. Some are attempting to divide based on the colour green, red and blue. Some are attempting to use the term Sinhala and divide the nation. That is not the proper way to divide. There can be only one. Today there are attempts to hold a Presidential Election which is in violation to the constitution. This is illegal. There are those who are for it and those who are against it. This is the line that divides both.[/quote]
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