UNP, JVP & TNA to challenge parliament’s dissolution

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Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party, the United National Party (UNP), said on Saturday it would file a case in the Supreme Court against the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.

UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told journalists that the party would early next week file a challenge in the Supreme Court, calling the President's decision to dissolve Parliament "illegal", Xinhua news agency reported.

A group of UNP legislators on Saturday met Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and discussed the dissolution of Parliament and urged him to take steps to "save democracy".

Meanwhile, the main opposition Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will also be filing cases in the Supreme Court against the dissolution of Parliament on Monday, their party spokespersons said.

Sirisena late on Friday signed a special gazette notification dissolving Parliament and declaring January 5 as the date for a snap parliamentary election.

The President said Parliament would stand dissolved from Saturday 12 a.m. and nominations for the parliamentary elections would be called from November 19-26.

Sirisena's move to dissolve Parliament came one and a half years ahead of the scheduled parliamentary polls.

Sri Lanka has been facing political turmoil since October 26 when the President sacked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post.(IANS)

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  • Kumar Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:24 PM

    If it is taken up at the Supreme Court it is hard to imaginethe merits of the argument would become the deciding factor in the conclusion.

    sandy123 Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:25 PM

    And then send Sirisena home.... We are not willing to see his news items or face at all.

    Shehan Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:38 PM

    If all remembered that 20th amendment JVP tabled in parliment some time ago to scrap presidents powers etc etc. Today is a different ball game all together. Today UNP is suffering from their top leaders blind decisions. What to do sir??.

    Janith Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:40 PM

    What you would do if President suspend the constitution.

    Andy Capp Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:57 AM

    Go home, no! That is the closest wine shop !!!

    Ryan Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:41 PM

    Afraid to go to peopleAs thee has not done anythin'You will learn a good lessonIn the election

    Saradiel Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:42 PM

    This is something you must do. No option. Else the maniac who is the president of this country can sack the Prime Minister or desolve the parliament at any time in future too.

    Sam Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:53 AM

    You have to tear off the page having Section 33 (2) C in the constitution, or may be the entire constitution.

    Observer Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:44 PM

    If the election goes ahead as gazetted, the media, especially TV channels that reach all areas of Sri Lanka, should provide unbiased coverage about all MPs which include crooks, culprits and thugs, so that all Sri Lankans are enlightened on whom to vote… at least this time ..!This can be the first step in making Sri Lanka better ...!(Won’t be surprised if the MPs who deserve a vote is less than 5%)Good job Daily Mirror for being unbiased..!

    raj Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:48 PM

    Mr.Sampanthan is negotiating with both UNP and SLFP for their personal benefits. Outside he claim, he talked about Tamil people issues with these leaders. Tamils know that is a BIG LIE.

    RA Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:50 PM

    it is undemocratic to have election with short notice since it won't allow all parties to prepare for the election. MR has become MS's remote control. Everything MS is doing is according to MR.

    Exec1941 Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:02 PM

    People should read the Riot Act to the President and others who support the dissolution of the Parliament appointed by the people of Sri Lanka. Someone can be stupid but if that person is stubborn that person is called a moron. That what we see in the Leaders of Sri Lanka.

    Siyabala Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:13 PM

    Dissolution is allergic to you why because you know you did nothing but postponement of due elections. Going for election is the most democratic way as sovereignty is vested with us. Be ready to go into wilderness.

    Azwar Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:15 PM

    What are muslim parties doing eat and sleep as usual?

    UKAFL Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:17 PM

    The president thinks he is like Mr. Trump to have Trump cards. He is just a farmer category . RW helped the farmer to grab powerful seat. Now he has to pay for his blunder.

    patriot Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:23 PM

    Are you guys scare to test the people's will? This is not a normal situation to follow the normal rules. People's will is require in this kind of a crisis situation.

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 10:04 AM

    Smart move. He even outclassed SIRASA and now they have to change another drama.

    Senewi Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:25 PM

    Axis of evil work together

    Loku Banda Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:28 PM

    TNA is again being taken on a ride with the promise of a rose garden.

    Devalei Kudda Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:29 PM

    Aney paw. Rathu Aliyantath ridilla wagei.

    lalantah Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:36 PM

    Hope Supreme Court upholds the constitution and rules the desolution as illegal and safe the countries democratic system,..This is pure Dictatorship and breaking the constitution which should not be allowed,,Furtehr Sirisena should be remanded for breaking the law,,twice

    Surangani Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:36 PM

    Please don’t forget to clean and disinfect the Templetrees with formalin before leaving!

    Nihal Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:39 PM

    Unite we stand divide we fall.

    Shriyani Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:40 PM

    Means file a case in the Supreme Court against democracy

    J- Hatton Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:41 PM

    As the ruler so will be supreme court -

    Dillan Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:41 PM

    Why did not you challenge during last war many lives lost?

    Citizen Silva Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:41 PM

    Save democracy! My bloody foot Ranil. JVP maraya, TNA out dated , when UNP kept postponing PC elections, when TNA was made Opposition whilst Joint opposition had much more clout, UNP selling state assets as if private sadly very much under value without proper process, selective justice, etc etc

    Democrat Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:43 PM

    Dear elections commissionerPlease save the democracy of this country from the gallows if dictatorship. It is more than who rules the country. Because it will be a bad precedence for future of democracy in this country.

    nalin Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:49 PM

    The 3 Stooges. What have you done to our country other than big mouth talks?

    johan Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:53 PM

    Due to personal grudge between President and PM now the Masses have to shoulder 500 Million for this election and again after four months Provincial Council elections another 500 million need

    upali Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:32 PM


    good Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:40 PM

    Good Move. You all get together for a worthy cause.

    Siripala Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:52 PM

    Better hurry as 71 Members of Parliament are loosing their pension.

    Sam Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:55 AM

    A national issue

    GH Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:02 PM

    President acted at right time to save the country. If the people power is true, all the parties can participate in the elections disregarding the political hullabaloo happened in the past few days.

    Ryan Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:07 PM

    The 3 kalakannis without human blood, but vampire blood, moone le podak ne, bala thanhawa ihawaha gihin

    Lanka Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:22 PM

    Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mangala Samaraweera and the UNP can go to the Supreme court but the Supreme Authority lies with the people of Sri Lanka. TNA will always follow the orders of LTTE diaspora abroad supported by the handful of western nations who address themselves the international community which consists of 193 countries!Face the Sri Lankan nation and let the people give their verdict at a general election and stop interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

    sHeHaN Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:31 PM

    I don’t get it cos, Elections are only globally acceptable way for Democracy and policitical parties like UNP, JVP and TNA who advocate for democracy are against elections. The answer is simple, these parties are scared of the public polls cos simply the UNP and JVP will be whipped out of Parliament by MR in South and TNA will be slashed out in Parliament by Pro Wigneswaren in North and East of SL.

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 10:12 AM

    Your totally wrong. M3 was scared of being placed 3rd. So he masterminded it and got trapped. That job was done by Mustapha.

    Moiez Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:33 PM

    I think MS should now suicide himself by hanging in a tree. He has put the country in a mess now. We thought he is a respectable person, to see he is kind of power hungry President.

    Triple X Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:33 PM

    Sirisena is acting like a maniac on the expense of the voters who trusted him and taking the country for distruction just for his personal gain. He had started his own downfall because one he falls over even there won’t be anyone in Mahinda’s family who is going to trust him .

    chandra Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:46 PM

    MS himself proved he is a liar.

    Rajitha Seneviratne Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:56 PM

    They all cried on streets for democracy just until last Friday, and when they were finally offered with the ultimate form of democracy available on earth which is an election they're crying again. Pathetic.

    Kumara Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:34 AM

    You don’t understand constitutional law hence best keep quite.

    Lanki Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:12 AM

    Has Mahinda bought over the Election Commissioner? He has flipped on to the other side?

    chamara Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:34 AM

    You've got to be kidding me? Why these people are so afraid to go the public??? Last 3 and half years been the worst time in the country. People need to decide. All the elections had been postponed under Yahapalne.. People's agents are afraid to go in front of people to ask for vote? So whats the purpose of democracy? If all these parties did a good job they will be re elected. why worry ??? No matter what JVP will be at " 0 seat" in the next election

    Sangaralingham Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:58 AM

    Why parliament dissolved not according to constitutional facts. Personal conflicts violations of people rights appointments of so many not justified in with matters with so many controversial opinions. No fun new members new directions needed. If not physical mental insults may occur must to the disgust of the public not that matter public is in disgust eith turn of events. Yes all these and gazette notification not in tamil

    Farhan Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:58 AM

    Why cant parties represent muslims cant join hand with these people? Are they scrapeing coconuts?

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 10:32 AM

    They have an allergy problem eating seeni bola.

    Jude Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:10 AM

    Absolutely, NO help from SC, bcauz, the matter will be referred to PARLIAMENT !!!?? Yeah!!

    VJ Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:12 AM

    It would be wiser to focus on the election rather than wasting valuable time on the foregone conclusion. It may be unconstitutional, Sirisena presently holds the power and does not understand the constitution.

    Jude Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:18 AM

    There's notta single soul to give judgement on this case!!?? Period !!

    Jude Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:20 AM

    No judge in SL will give a judgement on this case!!??

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 10:34 AM

    They will be given Duty Free Permits.

    MP Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:23 PM

    Aiyo Anura, where was your mouth when the UNP was postponing elections? You are only a henchman.

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 10:35 AM

    They were singing with M3 Yamustapha

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