Govt. not in a position to obtain two-thirds majority: NPP

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While pointing out that the government was not in a position to obtain a two-thirds majority, the National People's Power (NPP) said today it was responsibility of the people to use their votes to create a balance of power in Parliament because people benefited only when the power enjoyed by rulers was restricted.

NPP candidate Lal Kantha told a news conference that the Rajapaksa government was unable to obtain a two-thirds majority at the 2010 general election held soon after the war victory and when the Rajapaksa popularity was at a pinnacle.

“When considering the Rajapaksa failures during the past eight months, they will be unable to obtain a two-thirds majority in Parliament no matter what tactics they use,” he said.

Mr. Lal Kantha said the salary of public servants have not been increased for a long time and should have been increased when the cost of living had gone up after this government imposed the special commodity levy.

“The salaries of public servants were last increased in January 2016. No salary increments were given thereafter. This is a serious issue. The Gotabaya government has imposed a special commodity levy on 26 essential commodities and it has resulted in the sky-rocketing cost of living. Those who get a fixed salary are the ones who are mostly affected. Their salary has not been increased in line with the increase in the cost of living" he said.

Mr. Lal Kantha said this government has suspended the circular to increase the salary of public servants and urged them to step out and oppose this move.

He said the government had even suspended the allowance paid to nursing students for the past three months.(Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Sajith Tuesday, 07 July 2020 08:43 PM

    Did we have this "balance of power" with your Yahapalanya dictatorship where all positions (Pres, PM, Speaker, leader of the house, leader of the opposition) was made up of your Yahapalanaites with no REAL opposition recognised -your Sampathan from the TNA was made "leader of the opposition" and did nothing.

    Samson Tuesday, 07 July 2020 09:00 PM

    Let us hope the govt will get a simple majority without buying.

    RSS Tuesday, 07 July 2020 09:10 PM

    I would like to thank you sir for pointing out the right things to the people. 2/3 Majority to any party in Sri Lanka will lead to an authoritarian regime and no use for ordinary people. Minority government is the best for the democracy.

    rss Tuesday, 07 July 2020 09:13 PM

    Like you said, sometimes democracy helped to elect dictators around the world. Giving any party will lead to suppressed democracy. Without getting emotional, Sri Lankan should thinks about potential situation where they elect a dictator government and its danger.

    Max Wednesday, 08 July 2020 05:24 AM

    Try to protect your 3%

    mp Wednesday, 08 July 2020 06:43 AM

    JVP will definitely get two thirds majority. So you do not worry.

    Lion Wednesday, 08 July 2020 07:16 AM

    I hope and pray that at least 10-15 M P s from JVP Will get an opportunity to enter the parliament. If you have studied Hansard you could see that they were the only people who contribute something worthwhile to this country.

    Sen Wednesday, 08 July 2020 07:39 AM

    We,both contestants and voters know that its wrong to give pension to parliamentarians,thousands of people against it and ready to vote party who is ready to ban it, BE fair,stand against this unethical ,political favour for MPs ,WE vote you

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 08 July 2020 02:18 PM

    2/3rd majority will be a disaster to Sri Lanka. and will be the end of democracy.

    Joseph Mendis Thursday, 09 July 2020 07:47 AM

    But if UNP gets 2/3 majority?


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