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National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Leader the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera today severely criticized the move to appoint a large number of ministers for the purpose of accommodating a 'National Government'.

“Appointing a large number of ministers has become a joke and a farce. The Mahinda Rajapaksa government had appointed an unreasonable number of ministers. Nobody protested then. I am optimistic that President Maithripala Sirisena will not continue the mistakes committed by that regime,” he told Daily Mirror.

Sobitha Thera said that when considering this trend, it won't be a surprise if all 225 parliamentarians are appointed ministers.

He said the 19th Amendment had not specified the exact number of ministers in case of a ‘National Government’ and as such it had to be decided by the decision makers of both parties.

The Thera criticized the move to form a ‘National Government’ and warned that such a move might lead to a crisis between the legislature and the executive.

“Even the beginning of the new government is in a mess. Some of the SLFP parliamentarians are describing the recently signed MoU as a move towards the formation of national government and some of them who have opposed such an agreement had decided to sit in the Opposition while the JVP and the TNA have not so far supported the proposal. In such a scenario, how can it be called a national government,” the Thera said.

He said in the wake of the UNP winning the most number of seats in parliament Prime Minister and UNP Leader Ranil Wicremesinghe should have formed a UNP-led government by inviting those who were willing to work with his government and thus secure at least a simple majority.

The Thera said if the Prime Minister had done this then there would be no stalemate as what was happening now. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • Alagaratnam Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:22 PM

    contd .yet there is another good suggestion by the Ven Sobitha Thero. That is The Prime Minister could have easily formed a Government from his party and those,who genuinely ,without "double game"-supported the President- from day one- risking there position and their life, included In the Cabinet./governmen4t..Nothing bad would have happened and by now we would have Got a Good Government with a simple majority The Government could have executed their policies- Is the delay due to bargaining? Is it .so necessary?If it is necessary- to satisfy whom? Why ?Are they indispensable;?The whole world is watching what is happening in Sri Lanka. The Country cannot decide on a, Cabinet- The Quality and Quantity matters=By going to satisfy all, definitely going to face problems as we go.!MAY GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY FROM OPPORTUNITIES..

    max Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:59 AM

    හැබෑට?

    Nisal Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:47 AM

    well said...

    Z.A.M.Shukoor Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:22 AM

    I agree with Sobitha Thera .If Ranil follows Mahinda forming a jumbo cabinet and increases an extra cost for Govt.how can he provide relief for the people.Ranil has enormous task to fulfill to create 1 million jobs .All this will go under water so he has to be cautious unless he will have to face the same destiny Mahinda faced

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:19 PM

    Very correct, Reverend Sir !

    Sathya Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:43 AM

    Hon. Thera,Your message is very clear for majority, that is the reason the regime has been changed. Now this is the time for politician to realize your message. National government is for the betterment of Nation but not for the politicians .....

    Waco Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:30 AM

    Ranil gave heaps of false promises got the position he wants. He does not care for too hoots now.

    Waco Wednesday, 26 August 2015 02:40 PM

    Sadu, Teach meditation to people, if you have a knowledge.

    Gihan Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:06 PM

    ඔයාලා කරගෙන යන්න අපි විරුද්ධ වෙන්නම්

    Nadeesha Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:06 PM

    MR formed a big cabinet to please his cronies. RW is doing this to sustain his power.

    Waco Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:42 AM

    Sadu,You are responsible for this situation as well.

    Desmond fernando Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:13 PM

    BLAME yourself.........YOU CAREATED THIS SEPARATIST GOVERNMENT......before you know sri lanka will be divided, let alone the big cabinet......blame yourself....

    Asoka Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:58 AM

    ANOTHER BUDDHARAKKITA KENEK

    smith Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:03 AM

    jahapalane, jahapalane, jayaweewa

    kan Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:37 PM

    That type of politics is the beauty of Sri Lanka, nothing can be done to make it more beautiful.If SLFP MPs support UNP then naturally they expect ministry portfolios otherwise why they should support? We are short of patriots.

    Suhail Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:38 PM

    Well said.


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