The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) making its stance on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution for the first time, today said that it sought amendments to key provisions of the 13th Amendment and would await a decision regarding it through the Parliament Select Committee.
At a SLFP group meeting today presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the government’s main constituent party had agreed that the legislation would not be done away in its entirety sources said.
Earlier there was confusion over the stance of the SLFP with longtime SLFPer Reginold Cooray, Rajitha Senarathne and Minister Dilan Perera taking a public stance for the full implementation of the 13th amendment to the constitution, inclusive of land and Police powers.
Sources said that the SLFP had decided against providing Land and Police powers to the Provincial Councils, together with the removal of the merger and majority clauses enshrined in the consitution.
However, member of the executive group and cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella declined to provide specifics, stating that the group had decided to await the decision of the PSC and sought amendments to key provisions (Hafeel Farisz)
SLPA, JNP & JHU teach Prabaharan how to divide the country. But, I still want you to expedite progress, so that permanent solution will be made by UN.
sri lankan Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:19 AM
If provincial councils could end up deviding the country the tigers would have gladly accepted it. They knew it only meant limited devolution. By trying to tamper with it just to project fake patriotism will result in chaos. Being progressive does not mean being patriotic.
Boobamba Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:24 AM
We need to respect our valiant soldiers who made supreme sacrifice against the division of the country from the separatists. Sri Lanka should remain as one country and not as two countries in the future. Otherwise, our future generation will curse these spineless politicians who wants laid the foundation for Eelam by helping merging north and east as well as giving unnecessary land and police powers to Provincial Councils.
willows Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:27 AM
get rid of all PC's just another white elephant only waste of money, why can't we go back to VC, TC, UC, MC's it worked very well those days.
luxshman Mendis Wednesday, 26 June 2013 01:15 PM
There are several countries all over the world with provincial or state governance including India, and they are functioning well easing the central governments minor responsibility so that it could concentrate on development. Some idiotic politicians are blabbering without even the basic knowledge that the powers of PC is limited only to a certain extent. Why don't we trust each other and work together.///////luxshman
Ampattan Wednesday, 26 June 2013 05:27 PM
Today what we want is peace in Sri Lanka. Some idiots are trying spoil this. President many times has promised international community about 13 puls. Now he is talking 13 minus. Did he make a mistake at the outset. Does he know the difference between plus and minus.
ganesh Thursday, 27 June 2013 01:08 AM
sri lankan you are perfectly right
ganesh Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:48 AM
He knows the difference between his vote bank and apt solution and he can implement within 24 hours but he does not want
truelankan Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:06 AM
Land and police powers have existed for the provincial councils since the very inception of the amendment. All the other provinces have exercised these powers with absolutely no issue raised over it. The difference now is that the Northern Province is about to go in for elections for the first time and it's racist ideology that is behind the movement against land and police powers to the provinces. Our valiant soldiers sacrificed their lives so that we could live in peace and dignity and be free. We may be free from LTTE terror but we are certainly not free from state and Rajapaksa terror! Power in Sri Lanka needs to be extensively devolved as we have all seen the disaster that the concentration of power brings.
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