Digambaram opposes 20A; Mano wants more MPs

9 June 2015 02:02 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Estate Infrastructure Minister Palani Digambaram said today he would vote against the 20th Amendment when it is taken up in parliament.

He told Daily Mirror that he had taken this stance because the new proposal would not increase the number of MPs in the House. He said it would be impossible to have a multi- member seat in the Nuwara Eliya District if the number of MPs are not increased up to 255 as proposed in the original draft.

The minister said according to the new proposal there would only be three multi-member constituencies .

He said he could not accept the assurance given by the government that it would ensure that five representatives of the estate Tamil community would be elected to Parliament.

"This cannot be accepted because the minority parties may not get the opportunity of nominating members in such a scenario as these decisions will be made by the major parties," the minister said and added that he would continue to be with the government as it was a personal opinion on a single matter.

Meanwhile Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Mano Ganesan yesterday said his alliance is against the decision of the cabinet to confine Parliament to 225 members.

"We are for 20th amendment but against the decision to work out a formula without increasing the number of MPs an to elect 125 members under the first past the post system.,"Mr. Ganesan said.

He said minorities would not be adequately repasented in the proper manner.

Mr Ganesan charged that the decision has been not to increase the number of MPs to 255 in order to accommodate more minority members.

Mr Ganesan said he had informed this stance to Prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and will meet him and President Maithripala Sirisena shortly to discuss on the matter

Also the alliance and the other minority parties are to meet on Thursday for a meeting to discuss the situation. (Yohan Perera)
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  • Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:02 AM

    You are just a "Leech" in the Govt. who cares for you idiot?

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:04 AM

    This fellow even cannot talk his mother language properly.... Ha...Ha...Ha....(He is a joker)

    Lokka Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:05 AM

    To solve the problem make representation according to population ratio

    Molaya Wednesday, 10 June 2015 01:42 PM

    The number of seats should be reduced to at least 150, not increased. More MPs mean, more corruption, less control and hard to monitor.

    Jayan Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:30 AM

    Only MPs want more of their fellow crooks. Already the existing 225 MPs are a burden to the public.This country cannot afford more of these crooks.


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