I don't agree with Wijeyadasa's views: Speaker

2017-12-11 20:07:08

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today he had informed MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe that he did not agree with the matters raised by the MP on the constitutionality of the Constitutional Assembly.

The MP who was removed from his portfolio a couple of months ago, had written to the Speaker requesting him to abolish the Constitutional Assembly and take steps to rectify the error he claims to have been made by Parliament to postpone the provincial council elections regardless of the Supreme Court ruling.

In his letter, Mr. Rajapakshe said the decision to appoint a constitutional assembly on March 9, 2016 was unlawful on the basis that the people had not given a mandate to set up a constitutional assembly because no party had secured a majority at the 2015 general elections.

“The traditional concept adopted by the whole world is that pledges given by a political party at an election does not hold true when that party has not secured a majority in the legislature," he said in the letter.

The Speaker said he conveyed his stance to Mr. Rajapakshe.

House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said Mr. Rajapakshe should have made a statement in the House without sending letters to the Speaker. “One should not write love letters to the Speaker," he said in lighter vein. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 4

  • Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:37

    Wijedasa Rajapakshe is a 3rd class rejected politician, honestly he should be sent out of Parliament.

    Reply : 17       40

    L.P. Mendis Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:39

    WR is also counted as a Maricha Appachchi. Forget about that rotten fellow.

    Reply : 13       29

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Tuesday, 12 December 2017 08:41

    Empty vessel WR did lot of damages to our motherland, he deserves punishment for sure, he is a dirty poisoners serpent.

    Reply : 13       30

    Charitha Tuesday, 12 December 2017 09:59

    In my opinion any Constitutional Amendments require the approval of the People by a Simple Majority. Parliament approves such with a 2/3 majority followed by a simple majority through a Referendum.

    Reply : 5       23

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