The government was trying to incorporate constitutional changes on Federal lines as an amendment to the 20th Amendment during the committee stage of the debate, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila charged yesterday.
Addressing a press conference, he said the Bill for the 20 Amendment was published in the Gazette on July 6,2018 and will be presented to Parliament during the first parliamentary week of August.
“MPs M. A. Sumanthiran, Jayampathi Wickremaratne and lawyer Suren Fernando have secretly drafted a Federal Constitution without the knowledge of the Constitutional Assembly. After finalizing the draft, the 20th Amendment will be tabled for enactment and the Federal constitution will be incorporated to 20A at the committee stage,” he said.
He said, in such a situation the Supreme Court would not have the opportunity to determine the constitutionality of the whole process.
“It will be an opportunity for the government to enact the Federal Constitution without intervention by the Supreme Court ,” MP Gammanpila added.
He said the Joint Opposition had decided to oppose granting leave for the 20A when it would be presented for the first reading. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Comments - 6
Say NO Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:02 AM
Gamman, say NO to RACISM.
Dingir Banda Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:53 AM
CITIZEN Tuesday, 24 July 2018 10:54 AM
Where you been, missing in action for couple of months?
Jude Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00 AM
"Secretly drafted a federal constitution"!!! How come you know about it??? If it's done secretly!!?? Huh!!
semasinghe Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:02 AM
20 a means 9 states.Continues conflicts.
Siri Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:57 PM
These scoundrels don’t have any thing else, since 70 years gaining independence nothing happened but a unwanted war which caused some destructions of lives and properties. Please stop these things, and think and put all effort to make the country and people’s lives better.
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