Written by Bella Dalima
19 Nov, 2014 | 5:54 am
The Jathika Hela Urumaya on Tuesday resigned from all of its position within the government. At a media briefing convened in morning, the party announced that Patali Champika Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila, have resigned from their ministerial positions as of Tuesday, November 18.
The JHU also noted at this media briefing that they would no longer come under the discipline of the UPFA. The Jathika Hela Urumaya convened a media briefing at the auditorium of the National Library and Archives Council, to announce the decisions they had taken at the party central committee meeting held on Monday evening.
Frontline members of the JHU including Party Leader Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera, Chairman Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera and General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka, were present at this media briefing.
Deputy General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila also attended this media briefing, taking time off from in-house treatment in hospital.
General Secretary of Jathika Hela Urumaya, Patali Champika Ranawaka shared these views;
[quote]We have decided that I will resign from my position as the Minister of Technology and Research in this government and that Udaya Gammanpila will resign from the position of Western Province Minister of Agriculture, Culture and Environment. The Central Committee and Parliamentary Group arrived at this unanimous decision…
If the country continues in this way then we will either have to sell off our assets and become a colony or we will become a bankrupt nation. From this point on, we will not come under the discipline of the UPFA. We hope to decide on a future course of action, as per the policies of the Jathika Hela Urumaya. We are still open for discussions regarding the proposals we have put forward, be it with the SLFP or any other party.
I must also state that in the future as well, our stance will be determined by policy and not by position. I must also note that we will also work in accordance with our policies for a common program that is able to overcome the future challenges of this country, if such a programme exists. The endeavour that we have embarked on today is a humanitarian operation. Today the state has been hijacked by a small cartel and that cartel is ruling the country. We have commenced the humanitarian operation of freeing the entire nation from this cartel. We call on all sections of the population who have been held hostage by this cartel to join in this humanitarian operation.[/quote]
Also speaking at the event, JHU Leader Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera noted that this was not the action of an enemy force but an action taken to bring the country onto the right path.
[quote]As true friends, we point out the wrong and give due appreciation to the right. Consider the advise of the true friend as hidden treasure and it is through this that you will progress. In the past and in the present, the Jathika Hela Urumaya followed the policy of being true friends and at present we are at a juncture where we must carry out our duty as true friends. The decision we are announcing today is one which has been reached in the best interest of the country, the nation, the sasanaya and the entire community, for the common good, as guidance.
We say to His Excellency the President and the government, that this is not the action of an enemy force. We say to the responsible parties to consider this as guidance that is being given by true friends.[/quote]
JHU Chairman, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera expressed these views;
[quote]As Bhikkhus we need not fear death anyway. We have been told to embrace the agony of death. State power is temporary. Spiritual power is permanent, it flows freely. Therefore, he will believe that this is not an action of selfish persons who sit around him and say yes to everything, but a positive message. Any person who has not attained spiritual enlightenment will become a sinner under this constitution. Our Central Committee, Executive Committee and everyone else, arrived at a unanimous decision. Other parties fractured into two. We will not pledge support to the President at the Presidential election. We have a resolve regarding how we are going to defeat him. We are not going to defeat the President or his image. We are defeating his policies.[/quote]
JHU Deputy General Secretary, Udaya Gammanpila shared these views;
[quote]In 2005, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to seek a mandate to defeat the Tigers, because we worked tirelessly in the opposition to build an anti-Tiger viewpoint. That Anti-Tiger field is now filled with gold and there are many who lay claim to that gold. But today, the field of good governance has become barren. Today some people question as to whether the request to amend the Presidential system is a Western Conspiracy. They ask whether it is an effort of the NGO’s. They ask whether it is the work of secessionists.
The Mahinda Chinthana manifesto presented in 2005, states clearly on page 83, that the position of President will be made accountable to Parliament. It was repeated in 2010. So, it is our President that has made written promises on two occasions to amend the constitution. Albert Einstein has said before that if a person repeats the same experiment anticipating different results, without changing the conditions, then they are insane.[/quote]
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