Both Sirisena, Wickremesinghe deceived Parliament – Dilan Perera | Daily News


Both Sirisena, Wickremesinghe deceived Parliament – Dilan Perera

Former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe cheated parliament by pretending that they would present 20th amendment to parliament to receive the consent of parliamentarians for it, former MPs Dilan Perera and S.B. Dissanayake said.

They were addressing the media along with former parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene yesterday at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party headquarters.

Dilan said that with the promise of former President Sirisena to implement the 20th amendment to the constitution, almost all Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs including him voted in favour of passing the 19th amendment in parliament. However, having passed the 19th amendment with the vote of parliamentarians, Sirisena and Wickremesinghe have let down parliamentarians. “Former President Sirisena promised to implement a new election system through 20th amendment when forwarding the 19th amendment to the constitution. Anyhow, he purposely broke the promise,” S.B. Dissnayake said.

Perera said the 19th amendment has caused a power crisis between the President and the Prime Minister. This crisis created by the 19th amendment cannot be seen now since two siblings are at the top positions of the country.

“Therefore, the President and the Prime Minister should be in office until the 20th amendment is implemented,” Perera said.

Dissnayake said that three power centres have been created by the 19th amendment - the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker.

President Gotabaya Raapaksa has instructed nomination boards not to enlist corrupted persons in their nomination lists.

It has been planned to obtain around 126 seats at the election to receive two thirds majority with the support of the other parties.

The United National Party may obtain 10 to 15 seats, while Sajith Premadasa’s alliance may secure 35 to 40 seats, he said.

Laksman Yapa Abeywardene said that the government took every possible measure to curb COVID 19 outbreak, which has become a threat to the entire world. The quarantine process is coordinated by the security forces under the guidance of the Health Ministry, he said.

Two quarantine centres have been set up to accommodate 1,000 persons, he said.

Yapa said the tea industry is badly affected with the dry climatic conditions. The government will take steps to compensate tea planters to ease their burden, he said.

The tourism industry has severely affected with the COVID 19 outbreak. The General Election will not be postponed, he said.


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