Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is to launch a common struggle of civil organizations and political parties against the repealing of 19th Amendment to the Constitution, its seniors announced yesterday.
SJB seniors Rajitha Senaratne, Eran Wickramaratne, Harsha de Silva and Shiral Laktilaka who made this announcement at a joint press conference said, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa had called for a meeting of civil groups, political parties for a discussion on launching a common struggle against the repealing of 19th Amendment on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Parliamentary Complex.
“We shall discuss with all sessions on Friday and then we will launch continuous protests against the move to repeal the 19th Amendment,” Dr. Senaratne said.
“19th Amendment was enacted with the consent of all parties in 2015. We discussed every clause of it in 2015. Accordingly the opposition was allowed to state their case. Everyone came into an agreement and the 19th Amendment was passed just before midnight in April 2015,” he said.
“Clauses of this piece of legislation gave a hearing to all the cries of many sections that were heard for years. We actually curtailed the powers of executive presidency and set up independent commissions to depoliticise the police, judiciary and the public service,” he said.
“The issue today is that the 19th Amendment is to be repealed to fulfill the whims and fancies of a few individuals,” he said.
Dr Senaratne said a recent survey conducted by civil groups had revealed that the 19th Amendment is generally welcomed by the people while they have issues pertaining to the independent commissions. Therefore the SJB MPs said these could be rectified through a new constitution rather than adjusting bits and pieces of the constitution. (Yohan Perera)
Power crazy politicians do any sort of amnendment for their short term gains. The repercussions are facing unborn citizens of country. This is the curse to-date. Failed to realize come empty and leaving empty.
das Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:31 AM
Looks like the days of the "kept opposition" are over. Well done SJB
Alexander Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:18 PM
Even without knowing the contents of 20A. Funny
Ranjith Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:27 PM
There is no reason to abolish 19A amendment its shows how short sighted the head of state is there are more problems to be solved politicians aanyway do not care the constitution we have seen in many cases constitution was violated.
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