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Champika RanawakaThe Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said yesterday that they would not hesitate to send home those who were trying to scuttle political reforms just as they sent one president home.

JHU general secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said they would not allow any constitutional changes to be made which could be detrimental to the unitary state and security of the country.

Mr. Ranawaka said they were of the opinion that the excessive powers of the executive presidency should be pruned rather than completely abolished, so that the stability of the country and its security would be ensured.

“President Maithripala Sirisena did not promise in his manifesto to scrap the executive presidency. He clearly stated that he would not change anything that could not be changed without a referendum,” he said.

Mr. Ranawaka said so at a meeting held at the New Town Hall. He called on Mr. Sirisena to keep the promises he had made prior to the election, and urged him to discard the preferential voting system.

Mr. Ranawaka said the proposals of the party leaders had not been considered when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was presented to the Cabinet.
“We objected to the draft bill presented to Cabinet by the prime minister on March 13 for two reasons:  the agreement of the party leaders had not been included in it and the prime minister wanted to gazette it on that day itself,” he said.

He alleged that the 19th Amendment to the constitution had been gazetted without regard for the proposals of the party leaders on constitutional reforms made on March 15.

He said the proposals of the party leaders should be accepted -- not the proposals of the conspirators -- and added that such conspiracies should be defeated.
Mr. Ranawaka said that the changes to executive presidential system and the establishment of independent commissions alone were insufficient, and that the electoral system, too, should be changed.

“We should listen to people rather than political parties or organisations when amending the electoral system. The victorious party should get the majority in parliament and minor parties such as the JHU, JVP and TNA should also get due representation in the new electoral system,” he said.

He said Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated by himself and that the SLFP was not diminished by his defeat.

“The SLFP should become a new party under a new leader and discard the corrupt politicians; otherwise it will have to be in Opposition for 20 years like it was from 1977,” he said.

JHU chairman the Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thera said the new constitution would have grave consequences for the country and that they were completely opposed to it.

He said, if constitutional reforms were to be introduced, the electoral system should also be changed at the same time. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • alaha Saturday, 21 March 2015 03:40 AM

    A bull in a china shop?A fool or a traitor? Most of us cannot believe that a man who posed himself as a nationalist to save Sri Lanka and got elected to parliament twice using the vote of Sri Lankan patriots could go down to such a low level and deceive the ordinary public.

    lkboy Friday, 20 March 2015 11:51 AM

    This is bad. They are part of government.

    upali Friday, 20 March 2015 11:58 AM

    You all destroyed the political stability in the country

    Harischandra samarasinghe Friday, 20 March 2015 12:06 PM

    Political parties and organizations based on part5icular race or religion should be banned by introducing necessary constitutions to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. These political parties and organizations are always harmful to the Ethnic symbiosis of Sri Lanka.

    Ganesha Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:50 PM

    Mr Ranawaka you should work for a united country embracing every community rather than shouting for everything .You had better understand it was not you who or your party chased Rajapshe looters with your handful voters but the UNP SLFP TNA SLMC JVP so now itself stop crowing that you can do anything and everything ,perhaps you may be voted out if you are damn too much

    rienzie Friday, 20 March 2015 01:46 PM

    This preferential system is a curse to this country.Polititions make money to come forward for the next election not for the betterment of the country. Well said Minister, If both not done together, this will never happen. The people will curse themselves for bringing you to power.

    Ranil Wijeyesekera Friday, 20 March 2015 08:35 PM

    The JHU has served the nation well. The reality is the Government after years of power by MR is helpless with the State Machinary in others hand. There is a strong opinion in the house with the corupt in all parties that sabotage the 100 day program, The only solution is that the right people are appointed as party representatives. The maha sanga has to intervene in this hour and expose members who have being corrupt and others who oppose some of the important bills. Any bill that is not the correct one should be floooded with ammendments.

    Rajarathnam Saturday, 21 March 2015 08:31 AM

    Where is your "HALAL" problem, Islamic fundamentalist, Jihaadist and so on. You change colours worst than "KTUSSA". 100% sure you will be out from politics coming General Election.

    Lali Friday, 20 March 2015 02:09 PM

    Hon MP Ranawake talks about conspirates. He himself would know what a stupid conspiracy he was involved recently. He is a master tactician who know to gain political advantage from any situation. Sri Lankans are not just a bunch of fools.

    hiran Gunawardena Friday, 20 March 2015 02:16 PM

    This guy is complete nut case just talk only no work via DM Android App

    Padma Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:15 AM

    I think this comment is a personal grudge being sent off through media means. Its very impolite to do so.

    anura Friday, 20 March 2015 03:13 PM

    Champaka, do you see the reality now of yaha palanaye?You people had been given a dead rope and now hela uruma guys try to be heroes again. What a silly lot of politicos.

    mathewq Saturday, 21 March 2015 09:51 AM

    Blah,blah ,blah.come on now,let us see your words backed by action

    Don Friday, 20 March 2015 11:28 PM

    Long before he banishes others, the people of this country will banish him and his mate Rathana from politics for ever, at the next elections.

    WANW Friday, 20 March 2015 09:27 AM

    Is not it better talk these things in NEC, rather than finding way to put Gota in the Jail. These guys are worst politician in the country ....

    Asokamala Friday, 20 March 2015 09:43 AM

    Whatever you do, keep the unity among the constituent parties. Do not try to outsmart everybody else. Act fast against the wrongdoers. Remember that corrupt ones are active, They stick together and if you do not take action against the corrupt, they would bounce back– that would be the final nail in the coffin.

    upul Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:15 AM

    JHU deceived people a lot. They encouraged former king to carry out malpractices. They robbed the National moment begin by Ven Sobitha Thero.

    Gune Friday, 20 March 2015 09:58 AM

    Getting too big for his boots with only a voter base of 200,000.

    Ranjaa Friday, 20 March 2015 09:59 AM

    Be true sons of land and people like PCR and Ratna himi. Otherwise ethonal and kudu politicians will ruin the mandate given by people

    Nims Friday, 20 March 2015 04:38 PM

    Champika, what is Ranil, Mangala and Ravi k are doing. They need to be reminded where they stand

    shantha gamlath Friday, 20 March 2015 10:08 AM

    JHU voice should be considered.....

    saman Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:49 AM

    Dear Patali Champika, Do you think coal supply tender to Lakvijaya power plant is clean..?LTL Holdings management never had a fear to send the son of L A S Fernando (He is an employee of LTL Holdings) to the pre bid meeting held on 18th March 2015 at Lanka Coal Company office premises at Kohuwala. We learnt that our CEB representatives at the head table on behalf of Lanka Coal Committee at this meeting were shocked to see the son of their AGM (CEB) as a bidder. Please check the pre bid meeting attendants and appointment of son of L A S under LTL Holdings and explain your point of view to CEB and general public as a so called clean leader.If you keep silence over these LTL corruptions anymore we opt to believe that you too a good friend of these frauds.

    gayan Saturday, 21 March 2015 10:52 AM

    You and your party should take the responsibility for this mess. Cant run away from it with this type of nonsense.

    NAK Friday, 20 March 2015 05:20 PM

    Pa.Cha.Ranawaka Is trying to be like the frog who attempted to bloat more than his size. JHU has only 2 votes and you can not do a buggerall with that. SLFP has the power and they are fully aware of what is expected of them This shameless liar thinks he can fool us all the time without realizing that he has been exposed.Mr. pacha minister where are the exposes you bragged about?has it got balagiri syndrome!!


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