Written by Bella Dalima
05 Nov, 2014 | 8:54 pm
The Jathika Hela Urumaya says that the government used the two thirds majority to fulfill the needs of the President rather than the needs of the country.
A seminar under the title Democracy or Executive Presidency was held on Tuesday. A group including civil society activists, professionals and politicians were in attendance.
Deputy Secretary of Jathika Hela Urumaya, Udaya Gammanpila shared these views;
[quote]Everyone is of the opinion that this must be changed. But it will never happen. Unfortunately when you are in power you cannot see your own mistakes and when you see your own mistakes you cannot be in power. This is where the problem lies. Although this government has had the power of a two thirds majority for nearly five years, they have only fulfilled the needs of the President and have not used it to fulfill the needs of the country. We are trying now to complete this task before the two thirds majority is lost. We can only do this if we threaten the constituent parties of the Alliance that we will only pledge our support if this task is done. But no one is saying it in the open, out of fear that they will be cut down by the king’s sword. But we have taken the political risk and have brought this matter to the people. We have already made the statement that as a political movement with self respect, we can no longer remain in this alliance if this amendment is not made.[/quote]
Former President of FUTA, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri expressed these views;
[quote]The unity of the United People’s Freedom Alliance is facing a decisive challenge. We can see that a clear signal has been given by the Jathika Hela Urumaya. At the same time, the Leftist and Communist parties which support the government have seen internal conflicts arising. Nevertheless, we can see that there will be a major political transformation in the country in the future. We can see signs everywhere that the balance of power created in 2005 is facing a crisis situation.[/quote]
Chairman of Jathika Hela Urumaya, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera shared these thoughts;
[quote]This is time when the Executive Presidency is being used in an extremely dreadful fashion. I do not think this has ever happened before. It is very ugly. This has been accompanied by a major collapse in society. So, along with this collapse, what has happened is that they are unable to face the story that is being told. Youth unemployment has increased. If you look at it statistically, youth unemployment has increased, the rural economy has collapsed worse than we expected. This will definitely lead to a social riot. This social riot will not be determined by the leftist parties, it will be decided by other social movements. All we can do then is watch people dying and people being destroyed. Therefore, the awakened sections of society, have a responsibility to first ensure democracy and create an enabling environment for talks on political and economic points.[/quote]
Veteran Film Director, Ashoka Handagama shared these views:
[quote]Whether we accept it or not, at present we are living in a semi-militarised state where to some extent we have the democratic right to vote. Many people will be uncomfortable when it comes to talking about this. There is a social situation where persons who attempt to intervene in the lives of the unawakened people, are suppressed. The people who are here may be unaware of the extent of this oppression, but the Chairman of the Censor Board told me that there was a request from the police to ban the film Kosthapal Pungnasoma.[/quote]
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