Written by Staff Writer
26 Jul, 2019 | 9:20 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): The Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna signed a memorandum of understanding with 10 recognized political parties that are not represented in parliament. The MOU was signed under the auspices of Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa at his official residence at Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo. The event was named “Susanyogaya”. The MOU was signed by the United Tamil Freedom Front, the Ceylon Workers United Front, The Mawbima Janatha Party, The Illawar Democratic Front, The Nawa Sinhala Urumaya, the Muslim Ulama Party, the Democratic National Movement, the Boomi Puthra Party, the Liberal party and the United Lanka Maha Sabhawa. Four parties that supported the United National Front in the 2015 Presidential election were also among the parties that signed the MOU.
Speaking at the event, Mahinda Rajapaksa said that it is their duty to defeat the government on behalf of the unborn generations since they are destroying and selling off land in the country. He further said that when the government sold the port saying that they had a rock in the middle of it, for billions of rupees that they had not paid the loans back. The opposition leader further said that no one knows what was done with this money since Ranil Wickremesinghe got a Minister from the SLFP to sell off the port.
He says that when Arjuna Ranatunga had refused to sign the document, that they had got a Minister from the SLFP to sign it. Further, MR said that although the 19th amendment was introduced that the President claims to not even see it, while also saying that there were many reasons to conduct the process of approval under wraps which ultimately swung back to the UNP who are now trying to bring in the 20th amendment. He added that the government does not have the right to change the constitution again and that their government which would come in next, will be the one that holds the right to amend the constitution again.
Meanwhile following an event, former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that if all the parties are thinking about the country that must come onto one side. and that the first step towards that was already taken. When questioned on the addition of the SLFP, he replied that too will happen in the near future. The former speaker speaking on the presidential candidate to be put forward through the alliance said that Mahinda Rajapaksa will look into the qualifications and consider the opinion of the people and name a suitable person who is needed by the country. When questioned about the repeated nomination of his name for the post by Vasudeva Nanayakkara he said that if such a thing happens that he is ready to undertake the task. The former speaker added that with the new party that they are certain of victory.
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