Written by Staff Writer
19 Nov, 2018 | 10:29 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): “Is there Democracy in this country?” – is a question Sajith Premadasa, the Deputy Leader of UNP, had when addressing the media in Parliament today (November 19).
“This is a non-stop carnival,” said Sajith Premadasa, adding that the concerns of the regular folk will not be discussed at meetings. He questioned if there is democracy when a priority is given to groups who create a commotion during a vote in Parliament, or when state resources, machines used for electronic voting, are destroyed right in front of the media.
“I think an award greater than Emmy’s and Oscars need to be brought to our country. A full-fledged act is performed in front of the whole world. This situation is sad and tragic.” – he added.
He went on to say that if he was in a situation where he does not have a majority in Parliament, he would “thank them for the opportunity, bow and go home”. He said that the most important thing is one’s behaviour and actions.
“Is it that hard to say that you are going home? They act like an octopus. clutching onto this. As long as they are alive they will hang onto this. what a joke.”
At this point a Journalist questioned MP Sajith Premadasa why he has refused the leadership “time and time again”, to which he responded: “I have absolutely no hesitation in taking up any post, but there is one simple thing, I want to do everything the proper way, not the wrong way”.
When questioned if he thinks a change of UNP leadership can solve the crisis, he said that it is not the issue. He stated that the main priority for Sri Lanka is stability, cohesion, brotherhood, and a proactive government.
He added that “who is president, who is prime minister, who is party leader” are all issues that are motivated by selfishness.
“Its time for selflessness to determine the political agenda of the day,” said Sajith Premadasa.
Speaking at the same media briefing, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that three decisions were taken at the party leaders meeting.
1. Retake the vote on the NCM either through electronic vote or roll call
2. Establish a Standing Committee
3. Suspend the overheads of the Prime Minister. (Will be taken up for debate on November 29).
When questioned if an agreement was reached made with the President, Dr. Senaratne denied it saying “President wanted a nominal vote”.
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