JVP, ITAK reach agreement to bring UNP, UPFA together | Daily News


JVP, ITAK reach agreement to bring UNP, UPFA together

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) members met yesterday and have reached an agreement to bring the two main political parties the United National Party (UNP) and the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to a common ground to work together for the benefit of the country.

During the meeting, both the JVP and ITAK discussed about the abolishment of the Executive Presidency.

JVP-MP Anura Dissanayake stated that although his party presented the 20th Amendment to Parliament, it is the public who should take the decision about abolishing the executive presidency, eventually.

“This decision should be taken by the five million voters and not the handful in Parliament. The 225 members should not get involved and instead a referendum should be held. We requested the ITAK to support this significant move. It is notable that the TNA also holds the same view that the executive presidency should be abolished,” he said.

Dissanayake noted that the discussions focussed upon the necessity broaden the public involvement in the country’s governance.

“The two main political parties are corrupt and morally tainted. None of them are capable of taking the country forward. Therefore, we came to an agreement with ITAK to work together in certain areas as both parties share the same concerns.”

The meeting was held at the JVP party office in Pelawatte.

Expressing his views, ITAK leader, Rajavarothiam Sampanthan said that the discussions held with the JVP were fruitful. “We explored ways on which both parties can work together. We also discussed the political future of the country.

Recently we met the Prime Minister and the President. We discussed the devolution of power with them. We shared the details of that discussion with the members of the JVP who met us yesterday. We need to realign the two main political parties to develop the country. So, for this we will work with the JVP,” he said.

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