UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today President Mahinda Rajapaksa was an experienced and veteran politician and he would not act against the 13th Amendment, if he was to take a decision on his own.
“I do not think the President would act against the 13th Amendment, if he is to take a decision on his own. He has been taken hostage by extremist groups led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa. What we should do is not to abolish the 13th Amendment but to carry it forward. It should be 13++ not 13-.”
Mr. Samaraweera told a news conference in Colombo that certain extremist groups in the government were attempting to suppress the stance of the majority with regard to the 13th Amendment.
“Some extremist groups within the government are trying to suppress the stance of the majority with regard to the 13th Amendment. The majority of SLFP parliamentarians do not accept these amendments to the constitution. SLFP totally accepted the 13th Amendment after 1994. Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike and even president Mahinda Rajapaksa accepted that there was an ethnic conflict and it should be addressed soon. In 1997 SLFP presented a draft constitution titled, ‘Council of Regions’ which proposed a total devolution of power which goes even beyond the 13th Amendment. SLFP have not brought any proposal to change that stance yet,” Mr. Samarweera said.
Some politicians in the government were conspiring to abolish the 13th Amendment which was gained with difficulty saying that there was no ethnic conflict in the country.
He said the UNP had presented a draft document to all political parties, religious groups and people for discussion.(Ajith Siriwardana)
He's going to break Ranil's heart, that's for sure.
Mrs. Buzz Lightyear Friday, 28 June 2013 11:03 PM
Some politician talk through their hats. Mangala S is the only sensible man with the brains and a foresight to talk about the real situation in the country now. Some are alway critical to his ideas. I do not know why. He is not greedy for power or position. If he was he could be holding a good ministriel position in Mahinda's goverment now.
ganesh Saturday, 29 June 2013 02:14 AM
What is wrong in his opinion ? MR may be more experienced than former foreign minister MS by sitting in parliament since 1970 but he should not alienate the minorities continuously, so he could act as he said nationally and internationally before and after the war
rukshan Saturday, 29 June 2013 03:39 AM
`Why doesnt any of these people who are commenting watch the video.... learn to speak and understand english.... before posting comments.
george Saturday, 29 June 2013 03:53 AM
Most of the people have not listen to the interview and Mangala is not backing M.R. in the interview
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 29 June 2013 04:17 AM
If one listens to what he is saying and analyses it deeply with an independent mindset, then it is obvious that he is not trying to curry favour with either the President or the government but he is drawing the attention of the public to the grievous consequences of the hardliners of this government led by none other than the brother of the President himself who has aligned with the fanatic religious and communal forces.
Nanda Saturday, 29 June 2013 04:41 AM
13th amendment is not the issue that Northern citizens facing today, but, it would be the issue, if it is amended (if the powers are taken out).
Porky Pig Saturday, 29 June 2013 04:47 AM
This is not the first time Mangala has been praising MR in recent days. The jump and this will be a long jump.
Jan Chandra Saturday, 29 June 2013 07:00 AM
You must be dreaming. Time to wake up and if possible to get out.
Garry Saturday, 29 June 2013 07:06 AM
Meya Senwata wiruddayi, Thambi kenekda Koheda.
Peter Saturday, 29 June 2013 12:00 AM
Mangala listen to others and see whether can dispute Wimal and Gammanpila
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How many of you who criticise Mangala have actually listened to the video and understood it? He is not supporting MR but trying to save the country by influencing him.
nimal Saturday, 29 June 2013 03:02 PM
MR is a veteran Politician but you are a veteran Joker.
nimal Saturday, 29 June 2013 03:04 PM
Yes Yes He has a brain but he is sitting on that.
malan Saturday, 29 June 2013 03:13 PM
PLEASE MANGI ! LET MAHINDA TO SOLVE THE MATTER....HE IS NOT GIVING ANYTHING TRUST ME GUYS !
AAAA Saturday, 29 June 2013 04:14 PM
Mangala is very clever. He now telling truth Now fight with GR not with others. Big headache for MR is GR. Mangala is clever. And mangala and majority know the fight between the good. The bad and the ugly brothers.
Vaz Saturday, 29 June 2013 11:29 PM
He is getting ready for a big move,
B.B. Marasingha Saturday, 29 June 2013 11:34 PM
When HE is back to the wall, better not stab him. No own decision, this is HE's dead end. HE has to go home/ahead or face the same fate as Banda. It is said that DA was the shadow of Banda, but failed vision still trying to be the object. Pathetic.
Suny J fm Melbourne Sunday, 30 June 2013 05:03 AM
just get up and see ....??? you got the same issue mate...!!! sorry to most of the Sri Lankans commented on the news item.
Bandara Manik Sunday, 30 June 2013 06:01 AM
A bankrupt politician, remarks are irrelevant.
Dingimahattaya Sunday, 30 June 2013 07:44 AM
No use of yeiling, A13 is already done. Dingi
nm Sunday, 30 June 2013 07:45 AM
Who is the President ? MR or GR
M.O.A. Careem Sunday, 30 June 2013 08:42 AM
end product seems to be same old
sudu Monday, 01 July 2013 04:38 AM
ohh really.very funny mangala
baluiss Friday, 28 June 2013 02:11 PM
boneless spineless man
Game Kolla Friday, 28 June 2013 12:11 PM
Planning a U turn it seems...
Namal Baby Friday, 28 June 2013 12:32 PM
meyaa mokada langadi indan daddy ta kade yanne..?
ANTON Friday, 28 June 2013 12:43 PM
VALA YANA PATHTHATA MASSA GASSEEMA.
Ratavasiya Friday, 28 June 2013 01:06 PM
13th Amendment is not the issue that Northern citizens facing today. Do not detract the real issues by talking 13th amendment.
Kondebandapucheena Friday, 28 June 2013 01:22 PM
Seems you knew him better than Shiranthi
DHA Friday, 28 June 2013 01:25 PM
Haaaaa....good one mate....
Dr. A. R. R Friday, 28 June 2013 01:34 PM
kukku baba gae...... kukku katha
Yuri Friday, 28 June 2013 01:35 PM
What is Wrong with this Guy, is the Juntas bought him!
kumar Friday, 28 June 2013 01:37 PM
Nowadays he talks good things about MR. Wonder why?
Phantom Friday, 28 June 2013 01:46 PM
My, my look at the about turn of this man,must be having a master plan. Now why doesn't Ranil kick this one out of the party?
Mason Friday, 28 June 2013 01:55 PM
Well, well, have you been invited or are you on offer. It appears to be the latter.
Grace. Friday, 28 June 2013 02:08 PM
Come on Mr.Mangala, there are always possibilities to create extra ministries.
unchikun Friday, 28 June 2013 12:06 PM
On your mark, get set, go. A matter of time.
RamUK Friday, 28 June 2013 02:45 PM
feel the change ppl try to speak their mind rather than follow the heart. good for the country. supporting different view is not wrong at all
R.R Rohan. Friday, 28 June 2013 02:48 PM
he is being sensible, this is what some are failing to see.
Naman Friday, 28 June 2013 02:59 PM
MS is right on what he says. GR is controlling the shots in Lanka
Ampattan Friday, 28 June 2013 04:43 PM
Mangala, are you planning to join MR's camp. Please don't make the same mistake. He is an arrogant leader and you are a nice person.
Bala Sankar Friday, 28 June 2013 04:48 PM
Modern Sri Lanka demands Modern Leadership. The crisis in current Sri Lanka is leadership. There are politicians; but no leaders.
Hubert Friday, 28 June 2013 05:15 PM
There are only two kinds of people in t his countr y both cross over to the other side some cross over the railway track and go to hell Others cross over in the Parliament and go to hevan.
Sunil Withanage Friday, 28 June 2013 05:34 PM
don't worry government will do
Sellam Friday, 28 June 2013 05:35 PM
If Rajapaksa listens to his brother and his colleagues and remove land and police powers of the provincial councils, the Tamils will not accept it. It obviously means that they are forcing the Tamils to seek the division of the country which is very detrimental to the nation, some extremist groups forget to understand this.
Victor Friday, 28 June 2013 06:44 PM
Indian Parippu da, nethi nam Pakistan Parippu da vediyen kanna Asa.
Siriyalatha Friday, 28 June 2013 08:10 PM
Goo Giyath Try Ekka - Aney this farcical man.
Jerry Friday, 28 June 2013 08:27 PM
Mangala ! u r up to some thing, r u running short of cash & want to makesome money, join the big crook , u will get a good ministry with enough & more to swindle, u did it before so y hesitate, go ahead, S L is already a pariah state & u will b a pariya 2, there is no permanent enimies nor permanent friends for politicians.
Ariya Friday, 28 June 2013 09:41 PM
Hear! Hear!! "Computer Jilmart' architect on the stage!
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