Written by Staff Writer
29 Apr, 2015 | 10:33 pm
A number of political figures expressed their opinion on the decision to implement the 19th amendment to the constitution, during functions held around the country.
SLFP spokesperson Minister Dilan Perera addressing a function held on Wednesday (April 29th) stated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s main goal was not to introduce the 19th amendment but to go in for early elections.
Recalling the activities of the 2nd and committee stage debate of the 19th ammendment, the Minister stated that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe used his powers to silence MP Ganeshan when he requested for the ammendments in his native tongue.
Dilan Perera also stated that the present administration attempted to sneak in clauses which would grant them control over private media institutions even thou such clauses were quashed by the Supreme Court on an earlier occasion.
Opposition Leader,Nimal Siripla De Silva meanwhile stated that he is proud that President Maithripala Sirisena is the chairman of the SLFP as he is the only person who was capable of making a difference in the constitution that was originally introduced by President J.R. Jaywardene.
The opposition leader went onto note that the President Sirisena as etched his name into Sri Lankan political history by bringing in the 19th amendment to the constitution.
Meanwhile Susil Premajayantha, National Organizer of the SLFP stated that the SLFP and the UPFA have demonstrated that they are capable of coming together to fulfill national responsibilities. MP Premajayantha went onto note that President Sirisena has proven himself to be a trustworthy leader who is capable of fulfilling his promises.
Minister of Health,Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that the JRs and MRs have been defeated and a farmers son who hailed from the village has changed the course of history.
Commenting on the vote on the 19th amendment the minister stated that one individuals opposed the amendment while several other were absent during the vote, the minister opines that these individuals would provide an explanation as to why they took such a decision in the near future.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne also noted that a persons character can only be judged by their mental fortitude and the action they take with their heart, not by the size of their body or whether or not they have facial hair.
General Secretary of the JHU,Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that if the leaders of the country were able to operate according to correct principles the country would have been able to curtail the powers of the executive presidency to larger extent. Minister Ranawaka stated that if a consensus was reached by the 15th of March this could have been achieved.
Leader of the National Unity Front, Azath Salley also expressed his views on the matter. He had stated that Mahinda Rajapaksa’s promise to abolish the executive powers was swiftly carried out by the new president Maithripala Sirisena who became flexible and thought of the country. Salley went onto note that President Sirisena had fulfilled the promises made to the people. He further added that the qualities possessed by the president is not evident in any other leader who rose to power after the country achieved its freedom.
Leader of the Democratic National Front,Mano Ganeshan opines that the 19th amendment was not a complete victory and that many important things have not been included in the amendment to the constitution. However,He further added that there is good governance to some extent and it was President Maithripala Sirisena who led this victory and it is him who needs to be praised.
Professor G.L.Peiris of the UPFA stated that the United National Party had a narrow political minded objective and this objective was to establish the power of the United National Party and Ranil Wickremesinghe. He addded that the best example to prove this is the inclusion of an extraordinary article , which is not evident anywhere else in the world, where and if, the Major Political Party in Parliament and the second largest political party come together to form a Government , the 30 member limit on the Cabinet will not be affected. He further added that Such an article cannot be found anywhere else in the world and this leaves room for an all-powerful Prime Minister instead of an all-powerful President.
Leader of the National Freedom Front Wimal Weerawansa went on to express his view on the matter.He noted that he Prime Minister did not receive any of the President’s powers and that information has been received stating that Ranil Wickremesinghe is lamenting that the change did not favor him. Weerawansa went on to note that the UNP and the Prime Minister has no claim to the victory of changing the constitution.
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