Doubts over govt. statement on need for opposition

22 November 2011 11:42 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya today expressed the party’s doubts regarding the honesty and sincerity of the statement of the government which say that they need an opposition, if they continue to assault those who express opposing views. Issuing a statement Mr. Jayasuriya stated.

“We have to reiterate the fact that there is a severe eroding of democracy in this country.

The latest example is the assault of the members of the United National Party by the members of the government, when the opposition, including UNP, the main party of the opposition, peacefully demonstrated at the time of the submission of budget proposals in the Parliament. Members of the UNP were assaulted by the members of the government, in the presence of the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, leader of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. This is the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, not a country which has a system of government of the nature of Idi Amin, Bocassa, or Col. Gaddaffi.

We need a strong opposition. Leaders of the government say that the opposition should oppose the government forcefully, wherever it is needed. If the reaction of the members of the government is assaulting the members of the opposition by throwing books at them and hitting them whenever they demonstrate, we have our doubts regarding the honesty and sincerity of the statement of the government when they say that they need an opposition which express views opposing the government, if they continue to assault those who express opposing views.

We do not have a monarch in this country. If the government expects a system where the opposition and the people say -

Majesty the sun rises because of you

Majesty flowers bloom because of you

Birds sing because of you

Majesty we breathe because of you

We do not hesitate to take action against such a system.  We cannot allow the government which suppressed the 17th amendment and obtained 2/3 majority in parliament under the cover of the 18th amendment, to destroy the opposition and the public opinion against the government, using the political force."

  Comments - 6

  • ampare son Tuesday, 22 November 2011 01:44 PM

    sir we allways respect you. but opposition need active.

    Dinithi Tuesday, 22 November 2011 03:44 PM

    What is seen in the country today is the inherrent weakness in democracy itself. The govt has got this power because the rural people overwhelmingly voted for them and the president. The rural people absolutely love the president and they have no problem in accepting that the sun is rising because of the president even while they are facing economic difficulties. The urban middle class (voter base of UNP) who does not like this mass president worshiping act cant do much about it because in numbers they are the minority. And becuase we are in a democracy you have to listen to the majority - the rural mass. The only way UNP could get power is by reaching out to the rural mass. If not prepare to be in opposition for another 3 decades!!

    anura Tuesday, 22 November 2011 04:08 PM

    i think opposition needs to act like educated adults not like bunch of kids prepare there own proposals present it any way need a strong leader it is john amaratunge not a person like you jump sides

    Concerned Wednesday, 23 November 2011 06:54 AM

    Even now it isn't there, Isn't it?

    bernard Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:39 PM

    Real opposition is given another three year jail term.

    silva Tuesday, 22 November 2011 08:57 PM

    This is a bold statement by senior UNPier.


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