Written by Bella Dalima
12 Dec, 2014 | 7:10 pm
Speaking to reporters in Colombo on Friday, Leader of the JHU Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero says that if Udaya Gammanpila had raised an objection to the pact reached with Opposition Common Candidate Maithirpala Sirisena, the JHU would not have signed the pact.
He stated that, Gammanpila came forward to prepare the policies. The process also took place under his advice. This resulted in the pact signed with Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena. There were no objections during the signing.
[quote]If he had at least voiced an objection I, as the leader would not have allowed this to proceed. The issue has come to light ten days after. If this was an issue related to policy, it should have been made known at that time. He should have opened his mouth and said , I object. Now we face a problem. This is his personal problem. He is a young and talented politician. We had high aspirations for him. He had taken a lone decision. We are not disheartened by it. We would like to wish him a better future.[/quote]
Journalists raised questions over Gammanpila’s statement that the agreement reached by the Common Candidate with the JHU and with the Common Opposition contradict each other.
General Secretary of JHU, Patali Champika Ranawaka said;
[quote]In 2005 Mahinda Rajapaksa reached an agreement with the JVP that the Executive Presidency will be completely abolished. He reached an agreement with the JHU that the arbitrary powers of the Executive will be removed. It was in such a situation that we entered the race. So, at this point, it is not the politicians who will make the final call on the executive presidency. It is the legislature that will make that call. That is for the future.[/quote]
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