Power and Energy Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) general secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday that what was required today was not to change the president or prime minister but to change the electoral system.
He said the 20th Amendment to the Constitution should be enacted and that there was no reason for anyone to object as it was introduced with a sufficient time for discussion.
“Some political forces are trying to derail the process of enacting 20 A by citing various objections. We should not allow the political leaders to avoid it as it was not hastily brought in,” he said.
Mr. Ranawaka said at a meeting at the Ape Gama in Battaramulla that the main choice at the last presidential election was between political reforms and maintaining status quo and that the former had prevailed.
UPFA MP Dilan Perera said the SLFP was in favour of 20 A, and if the UNP supported it, it could be passed without difficulty.
Mr. Perera said the UNP was obstructing 20 A indirectly by citing various drawbacks, whereas the JVP was willing to approve it with minor changes.
“We have a good opportunity to get 20 A enacted by the present parliament. If we lose this opportunity the people's aspirations would be suppressed for ever,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
Comments - 10
Alahapperuma Friday, 29 May 2015 03:45 PM
You cannot change this man. He is one of the biggest jokers in Sri Lankan politics.
Prem Nath Friday, 29 May 2015 11:27 AM
The Prime Minister at present is a nominated person temporarily appointed by the President. We need a peoples representative,elected by the people to be Prime Minister.
wwaa Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:57 AM
Is he a Technology and Research Minister ?
MilkyWay Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:02 AM
I too am an engineer from Moratuwa and we speak logic. Nice.
Amila Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:25 AM
Yes. You are 100% accurate. we no need to dissolve this parliament, because people are getting more benefits from this minor government than the 2/3 government.
lkboy Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:02 PM
actually this is more your aspirations than peoples aspirations.
asanka Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:06 PM
you are not the one to change the leaders of the country, it is the general public, they will decide it as and when require.
warren Saturday, 30 May 2015 03:28 AM
people who are commenting are rotten eggs from no where
de silva Thursday, 28 May 2015 01:40 PM
If UNP is not willing we will teach them a lesson this time and that will be the last for them.
anura Thursday, 28 May 2015 02:03 PM
Hello Champaka , I hope you know better than this about parliamentary politics. . It is the general public that selects the prime minister. Not Champaka nor Hela Urumaya.
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