We need urgent political reforms: JHU

17 February 2018 12:40 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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While highlighting the need to introduce political reforms, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secreatry and Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday the government should be humble enough to accept the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) as the main opposition in Parliament.

He said in a statement that it was clear from the votes obtained by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the United National Front (UNF) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a majority of the people were against the current system of governance.

“The government did not adopt a proper method of administration. The government should respond to the people while carrying out its policies. The Opposition has been able to create insecurity among people of all the communities,” said.

The minister said the State action had led to anarchy by acting in a lenient manner foregoing stability for the sake of “Good Governance” and added that this situation was worsening in the wake of the Local Government elections.

“It is time to introduce major political reforms which are meaningful to the people without restricting them to fertilizer subsidiary, Samurdhi payments, constructing bridges or culverts and changing ministerial portfolios," he said.

The minister said even though some claim that the SLPP was a new party, it was the same old SLFP and added that the result showed that they had obtained the same number of votes obtained by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2015 presidential election and the general election.

He said the only new political force was the alliance contesting the election under the betel leaf and the hand symbol under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The minister said the Rajapaksa faction was conspiring to fish in troubled waters by attempting to cause a power struggle between Mr. Sirisena's backers and the UNP but the President’s faction and the Prime Minister were wise enough not to fall prey to such conspiracies.

“Now what we need is a national unity with the UNP and Mr. Sirisena’s new force by understanding the peoples’ reaction. The JHU will not shatter the hopes of the people who voted for us,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • vithura Saturday, 17 February 2018 06:03 PM

    On this, I am in full agreement with him.

    Premalal Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:20 PM

    Of course we need reforms of course we need to punish crooks, of course we have to punish murderers but the problem is not what we need but what you people failed to deliver for 3 years.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 17 February 2018 06:56 PM

    How can the SLPP become the main opposition in parliament when there is no SLPP voted to parliament?

    channa Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:24 PM

    sorry. i thought this is a municipal council election and i did not vote.

    Dhammika Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:38 PM

    Dekiver what you promised in 2015 without delay . Then people will have faith in your govt.

    surasena Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:18 PM

    As usual he is trying to fish in the "troubled water". His plan is not JO to be considered as the opposition yet to deny the TNA positive involvement in the parliament as the opposition. Regardless of the local election results, the attempts on Nation Building must continue and the TNA must be recognized in this context. It seems to be there are too many self-centered politicians eyeing for 2020 Presidential Election????

    Haramanis Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:09 PM

    Let's send the Minister to Angoda - to receive electric shock treatment to try to reform himself first

    Sincere Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:00 PM

    Why is it urgently needed? How did it become an urgent need? How long you have been in various governments and as a minister?

    Ceylon Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:42 AM

    First you reform yourself.

    Sunil Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:42 AM

    First of all appoint a commission to see how much fraud between apartment developers and his ministry and UDA

    Samantha Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:49 AM

    His analysis is rubbish. Good governance is essential for sri Lanka to gain repect of the world, attract FDI and people to feel secure and happy. But this had no connection with aggressive accelerated economic development being pursued.

    Aaron Sunday, 18 February 2018 01:24 AM

    Best of luck.

    kiki Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:10 AM

    Mosaic Fonseka..08 million Dollars

    Nuwan Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:29 AM

    There is no need for reform. This government should continue as it is. The job for SLPP in 2020 will be much easier.

    Martin Milton Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:04 PM

    This person cannot talk. From what we hear about him he is a 'hard card and a half' ! Must never take this person into confidence or rest trust here. Ambitious is a mild word for his type of manipulatory tactics. MM

    sg Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:02 PM

    Don't believe...


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