The United National Front (UNP) and its allies have decided to hold a series of protests and a death fast against what it called an unconstitutional instate of a new government, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said yesterday.
He told a media briefing that the UNF and its allies would stage a protest in Kandy on November 24, in Kalutara on November 27, in Colombo on December 3 and at Kiribathgoda on December 4 2018.
Mr. Kariyawasam said state officers who approved spending for the new ministers would have to be answerable for their illegal acts. “There is no legal value for the spending carried out by the ministries as there is no government at the moment as announced by the Speaker,” he said.
UNP MP Ajith P Perera said the trade unions and professionals allied to the UNF would hold a Sathyagraha at the Vihara Maha Devi Park today and would be converted to a death fast if the need arises.
Defending the decision to submit a motion to stop the expenditure head of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mr. Perera said it was fully legal as it is Parliament which has the power over all spending as per Article 148 of the Constitution.
“Minister Wimal Weerawansa has challenged us to show majority support and we asked for an appointment from President to do so. However, we have not been allowed to show the majority in the form of affidavits and our physical presence,” Mr. Perera said. (Yohan Perera)
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Lokka Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:25
OK, fast to burn the excess fat,and the country will some dollars.
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beau Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:37
oh good . ask Ranil to be the first one to fast but advise him not to eat and drink in the darkness. And why waste all their energy; much easier to face an election.
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Citizen Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:41
Please get your leader to participate in the death fast.
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Dallas Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:43
Who is the speaker, do you think he is higher than the President who is the supreme commander.As JR's constitution the President who got elected by people is supreme.The supreme court will decide whether dissolving parliament is legal or not
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NO Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:32
The constitution has been amended. Recently, the sitting Prez said as the power of Prez is reduced, the Head of State could be PM.
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Dallas Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:57
Thanks for the reply NO.Presidents powers can not be pruned with out going to a Referendum, head of state is never the PM when PM is selected by the president
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Poor Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:43
First you fast and die and then we will let the people fast
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Keeraipidi Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:49
Where's the remote control?
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Rohan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:54
Bring all your MPs and start any death fast leaving general public alone. We don't want to involve in either parties protests. Your objective is to obtain power to loot the country and make you corrupt politicians prosper.
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Megan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:17
Get foreign assistance to cripple this illegal government by the crooks for the benefit of crooks.
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Gamini ABHEYADEERA Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:18
What is the point of staging Protests by UNP when they cannot put up a Presidential candidate for the next Presidential Elections when Navin Dissanayake said they will nominate a common candidate?This is means UNP is unable to secure a candidate from their own party
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Attitude Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:34
Very good point. When their is a person (Sjith) already capable and available within the Party itself, why cannot they give the opportunity to him. RW's attitude must change now.
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concern Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:43
Make sure the death fast goes all the way, so we could get rid of some politicians.
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DJ Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:57
This rethoric will not get you anywhere. Do not block ministry expenditure this goes for salaries etc. Get out of this bankrupt thinking and think out of the box
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DemoCrazy Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:15
To the Crooks, For the Crooks, By the Crooks, with support from International Crooks.
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Flanker Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:26
Who Cares!!! Good Riddance..
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MSR Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:32
Fast and die all of you!
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Jack Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:33
as part of protest, can do jogging around the Colombo roads with banners.. so at least can be healthy and live longer..
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Tamil Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:03
Ranil was giving away Sri Lanka in many ways to India. Most of the new residential skyscrapers are owned by Companies which are subsidiaries of Indian companies.Just imagine the security threat it would pose in about 10 years time.MR is not likeable but he would protect the country.
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Charlie brown Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:04
Right MR would just hand it over to China instead ...knock your brain into gear and think about it !
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Rohan Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:09
Charlie Brown, don’t shed crocodile tears for our country.
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DHA Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:19
Another drama !!!
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cheers Wednesday, 21 November 2018 09:57
Best news ever to the sri lankan public UNP ministers are going to fast and will die no one should even give a glass of water so they started they ended up dying and we can save some tax payers money to benefit the poor
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Shafraz Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:46
Please note in Kandy. We have work. Don't use us for your benefits.
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Premalal Wednesday, 21 November 2018 10:47
If RW fasts unto death, then the people will gladly pay for the funeral.
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Mahad Amar Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:13
Best news heard for a long time.Everyone in the parliament should fast to death for the benefit of the country.
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Rasheed Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:28
Don't turn this country into Civil war.
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