No referendum but amendments-Govt

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The Government today decided not to hold a referendum to legalise the controversial Divi Neguma Bill but would introduce amendments at the committee stage in Parliament as directed by the Supreme Court.

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary and Minister Susil Premajayantha said the Supreme Court had acted differently in its judgments on more controversial and sensitive constitutional issues like the 13th Amendment and had not called for referendums.

The minister said this must be so because rulings on similar legal or constitutional issues tend to be different because they are delivered by different SC Benches.

“We will follow the instructions given in the second ruling by the Supreme Court on the Divi Neguma Bill and will introduce amendments so as to make the Bill consistent with the Constitution.

The SC in its second ruling had determined that two clauses of the Appropriation Bill were inconsistent with the Constitution in terms of Article 148 of the Constitution that vests Parliament with full control over public finances.  

The SC has agreed with the concerns raised by petitioners that Clause 2 (1) (b) which deals with powers to raise loans and Clause 7 of the Bill presented a direct challenge to parliamentary control over public finances and therefore those clauses have to be amended so that they are consistent with the Constitution or passed with a two-third majority and go for a referendum.

The minister said Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa will move for the appointment of a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) made up of members from the Government and the Opposition under Standing Orders 78 He said might most probably be a 10-member committee. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • Gamaya Wednesday, 07 November 2012 06:25 PM

    Moda Bass, A referundum will cost 100s of millions of our money, It is good government decided to bow down and do as courts directs. learn to give the devals due. Learn to find what is right and not who is right.

    buffaloa citizen Thursday, 08 November 2012 07:08 AM

    Just shows how foolish, ignorant and gullible the sinhalese race has become.

    mamath Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:38 PM

    In the US Presidential Election there were several additional issues for which voter decision was sought. Here, in SL, collect all the issues and hold one referendum and face the true mandate of electorate rather than organizing udgoshana using few henchmen

    Cobra Thursday, 08 November 2012 01:02 AM

    True and they are sure of a 2/3 sycophant majority!!!

    jitl Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:45 AM

    they all know they gonna loose... court should follow up the amendments carefully...

    Nodrog Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:53 AM

    Yeah, by hook or by crook you will anyhow get your crooked way. Disgusting, greedy people.

    siribiris Thursday, 08 November 2012 01:54 AM

    Gamaya, 100 million is nothing and that is 10% of one billion.

    Dayan Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:28 AM

    The whole country should SALUTE to CJ for eliminating AUTOCRATIC CONTENTS on this bill and FORCE to MOVE ON within existing Constitutional framework.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 08 November 2012 02:40 AM

    Rulings given by different SC Benches could be different; interesting; travesty of justice or different interpretations of the law and constitution. There is no absolute law?

    gentleman Thursday, 08 November 2012 03:04 AM

    Government is not for referendum mean they are not confident about the people support. They indirectly accepted the defeat!! "hondatama baya vela"

    Muthu Thursday, 08 November 2012 03:30 AM

    Referendum has to be country-wide. Govt can't hold it in the manner the Provincial council elections were held. So it got cold feet.

    Yehiya Thursday, 08 November 2012 03:34 AM

    CJ is very powerful position Only Mr. Navil Samarakoon stand as proud.Mrs. Bandaranayake is the first person appinted with the professional knowledge.

    Mason Wednesday, 07 November 2012 01:31 PM

    The government has cold feet in holding a referendum. They know the verdict would be against them.

    Lobo Thursday, 08 November 2012 04:25 AM

    Why a referendum now after all the tough talk...cold feet??

    Mr. Country man Wednesday, 07 November 2012 02:31 PM

    Why no referendum for 18th amendment?

    samara Wednesday, 07 November 2012 02:52 PM

    this is a very good opportunity to test the pulse of people, we saw large crowds demanding for Divineguma Bill.

    Dinithi Wednesday, 07 November 2012 03:15 PM

    How silly you sound. The government propaganda machine needs to just tell the rural people that this bill is for the purpose of protecting the country from the western powers and the LTTE diaspora. The people will vote for it with their hands and feet - 2/3rd majority with ease!!

    Minister Thursday, 08 November 2012 05:21 AM

    Yessss. that is the best solution if people don't like it!

    rodrigo Thursday, 08 November 2012 05:40 AM

    yes its true but if they go for vote the provincial council will get no support to govt ,this is a game


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