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We are opposed to any type of federalism: JO

17 September 2016 08:11 pm - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In the wake of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga calling for a Federal and Quasi-Secular Constitution for Sri Lanka, the joint opposition (JO) said it was totally opposed to ‘Federalism’ as a means to resolving the national question.

JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane said yesterday they met to discuss the issues concerning the country at large.

He said the JO had noted the statements made by Ms. Kumaratunga call for a Federal and Quasi-Secular Constitution for Sri Lanka.

“Federalism will result in the disintegration and partition of the country,” the MP said and added that the JO stood for a unitary constitution.

Ms. Kumaratunga said at a recent function that Federalism as concept had been accepted in several countries and there was no need to be frightened about it. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 15

  • Park Sunday, 18 September 2016 06:46 PM

    Who is Dinesh to say "we will not accept"! How many people voted for him or his party?

    voter Sunday, 18 September 2016 07:10 PM

    I don't support any party but Federalism is very bad for the country

    Tomsam Sunday, 18 September 2016 07:46 PM

    If you oppose Federalism and Eelam state ,akin to New York state, Ontario state etc, get ready for State of Eelam similar to East Timor, Kosovo !

    Richard Sunday, 18 September 2016 08:07 PM

    There will be no solution just like all the successive Governments for the last 70 years if the new Regime again give the same excuse. Unless and until racism is abolished and the way to do it is by rigid safeguards in the Constitution. If not what excuse it is going to be for the cosigning of UNHRC agreement? Apart from cosigning the politicians must feel more for the Country as a whole. They must give up using racism as a tool to win elections any more. Once a rigid Constitution is in place neither the North nor the South can use racism as a tool and the Country will develop internally to become self sufficient. Politicians need to change the course for the Country.

    daily boru Saturday, 17 September 2016 04:21 PM

    they are only for a country of rogues criminals and white vans. via DM Android App

    TRUE MAN Saturday, 17 September 2016 05:55 PM


    Sharon Saturday, 17 September 2016 06:43 PM

    Thanks for standing by us via DM iOS App

    Selvyn Saturday, 17 September 2016 07:30 PM

    As long as JO is under these leaders SL can never achieve any solution as they are addicted with Unitary via DM Android App

    Liberal One Saturday, 17 September 2016 08:53 PM

    Federalism based on ethnicity is nothing but racism.

    SFern Saturday, 17 September 2016 08:54 PM

    The best thing is to brand the next constitution as unitary but have a federal structure underneath. Sinhalese are easier to be fooled than defeated.

    Dee Saturday, 17 September 2016 09:52 PM

    You lot will be 'opposed' to anything and everything, except for catching and jailing the robbers of the prior reign. Thats why you are called the 'Joint Opposition'

    braveheart Sunday, 18 September 2016 07:44 AM

    devolution of power is okay, but federalism is a no.. learn to live with everyone.

    TJ Sunday, 18 September 2016 09:09 AM

    When a country's religious or ethnic compositions is diverse, federalism is an unavoidable political system to ensure political stability. The racist should search the internet to find the number of countries that remain prosperous

    usuf Monday, 19 September 2016 03:04 PM

    who cares about your foolish views via DM Android App

    suresh Monday, 19 September 2016 03:09 PM

    there are so many countries with a federal structure and none of these have failed or disintegrated.Dinesh is a out dated and playing racist cards to win elections

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