Joint opposition members including MPs Bandula Gunawardane, Keheliya Rambukwella and Tharaka Balasuriya today resigned from the Sub Committees attached to the Constitutional Assembly.
Mr. Gunawardane told a media briefing that they officially rejected the reports produced by the 6 Sub Committees and added that they had participated in this procedure with good intention.
“It has been proved that these Sub Committee reports would directly affect the unitary nature of the state and it would result in developing federalism and separatism in the country,” he said.
He said the joint opposition would never associate itself in matters where the state’s unitary nature is threatened and added that they intended to reveal these facts through debates in the House.
“We planned to resign from these Sub Committees after revelation of these facts to the people. Unfortunately, the government cancelled the debates on the matter in an undemocratic,” he said.
He said they would however reveal those facts to the country and stand for the unitary nature of the country and added that the reason behind the joint opposition members to partake in these Sub Committees was to reveal the dark side of the matter.
“I was the Chairperson to the Sub Committee of state funds. There are many other joint opposition members in the remaining 5 Sub Committees. They will also resign from their membership in the coming days,” he said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
" REDI SOODA IVARA NOMATHA DEVIYANEY ...... MOKATADA MAA KUKKEK VEE IPADUNEY.....
Ranbandu C Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:03 PM
Though I don't like you guys, your decision is great and admired. Do not let the promoters of FEDERALISM to get another TROJAN horse to accomplish the devious plans to deny our unitary status.
DING DONG Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:16 PM
WHY SOME NOW AND SOME LATER. THEY SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED TO GETHER.THEIR INNER INTENTION IS NOT TO COOPERATE BUT TO DISTRUPT. via DM Android App
Greenback Friday, 17 February 2017 11:00 AM
Sinhalese are the majority of this country so you have admit it first, "most successful democratic countries are operating under a federal structure" ? is Sudan is a most successful democratic country?
Bala Friday, 17 February 2017 12:26 PM
They are resigning becos if they are in the Committees they cannot come outside and criticise for the sake of criticising.They need to criticise to keep themselves in the news. This is a tactical gambit.
public Friday, 17 February 2017 12:45 PM
It wont last long our military is strong.
ram Friday, 17 February 2017 03:05 AM
Typical Sinhala nationalistic politic, why is federalism is so untouchable, most successful democratic countries are operating under a federal structure. The reality is that Sinhala nationalistic policy is not helping this country to move forward as a 21st century democracy, rather holding it back in the dark ages of nationalism. The result is soon this country will be sold off to wealthy Indian,Chinese or Arab businessmen, to pay for all the depts this country hold as a result of war and mismanagement.
Kadiya Friday, 17 February 2017 06:40 AM
Because they are neither here nor there groping in the dark!
Mokan Friday, 17 February 2017 07:00 AM
Unless we get rid of politicians like this , we will end up with another war soon
vithura Friday, 17 February 2017 03:40 PM
Taking their first steps to play the race card, as done since the 50s, whenever there are promising signs of a solution to the national problem.
public Friday, 17 February 2017 09:39 AM
There are plenty of good democratic countries that don't have federalism like Canada.
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