The people have placed their trust in the Joint Opposition lead by Dinesh Goonewardhane . There is a cry coming out of the heart of the people that the yahapalanaya hybrid government should not be allowed to write a new constitution for
. Does the Joint Opposition hear that
cry or are they not giving both their ears to that cry allowing their other
ears to listen to other calls ? Sri
The leader of the Federation of National Organisations Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara, has accused Dinesh Goonewardene for writing secret letters to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe with regard to problems that had arisen in the Constitution making process. If it is true Dinesh Gunawardane has to make it clear why he is remaining in the Constitutional Assembly, along with a part of JO when there are problems known to him in the Constitution making process.
We know that even his father late Philip Gunewardena the “father of Socialism in
” during the end of his
carrier preferred to remain in political power accepting in 1965 the Ministry
of Industries and Fisheries in the National Government of Dudley Senanayake. We
certainly do not believe that Dinesh
Gunawardene will follow suit, but people begin to question the reason why the
rest of the JO under Dinesh Gunawardena continues to remain in the CA while Wimal Weerawansa true to his principles
withdrew his party’s participation in the CA. Sri Lanka
It was a mistake of the JO from the very beginning to have participated in the Committees stage of the process leading to the writing of a New Constitution. That is in addition to the mistake the JO made in the 1st instance in voting for the 19th Amendment. The 19 Amendment had specified a period within which the Parliament cannot be dissolved. It is contrary to democratic procedure as one has to put up with a government for its full term even if it is not productive, offensive to democracy and abuses the power of the government to destroy the country’s historical and cultural values as now it is being done by the so called Yayapalanaya hybrid government in place.
It was perfectly in order that a New Constitution was promulgated in 1972 to declare Sri Lanka a Republic. Prior to that
had dominion status and
had constitutions written by the Colonial Government. After that there was no
reason to write new constitutions as the first Republican Constitution could
have been Amended to adopt it to new political situations. Sri Lanka
However , when J.R.Jayawardhane formed a government of UNP in 1977, he prepared a new constitution which was promulgated in 1978. However, the 1978 Constitution with executive powers given to the President served its purpose in the process of the elimination of terrorism in
That constitution is therefore worth keeping as the permanent Constitution of
Sri Lanka allowing adjustment to meet any new unforeseen situation by passing
Amendments. Sri Lanka
Now a hybrid government with problems between the members of its constituent parties has decided to write a new Constitution. There is no necessity to write a New Constitution to a country each time a new government is formed by a different political party or a combined hybrid Government of several parties as in the case of the Present Government of the President Sirisena.
Each time a new Political party takes the reins of government the country remains the same it does not become any different from what it had been before, therefore the new political party that is to form a new government should go on with the same old Constitution changing it if necessary by passing Amendments.
after the formation of a hybrid government of several political parties, the political
and social situations have drastically changed as the country is no more the
country it was with a united people despite a majority community, and other
minority communities. Sri Lanka
The new government calling itself a yahapalanaya trying to introduce “power sharing” in a so called reconciliation process, when in fact there is no such power sharing necessary as all the communities- the majority and the minorities, enjoy the same rights and priviledges, has placed Sri Lanka in a situation worse than it had been under terrorism. The Majority Community in Sri Lanka- Sinhala enjoys no other rights and priviledges than those enjoyed by the minority Communities..
This myth of power sharing has been created only by the political leaders of the Minority Communities. The Hybrid government of President Sirisena, unable to explain this truth to the minorities with whom they have come into agreements of sharing political power in return for their votes, have given in to the “demands” of the Minority Communities to please the foreign countries, which stand with the Minorities to make the Majority weak and give into the “absurdities” of the Minorities.
The writing of a new Constitution is another such absurdity demanded by the Minorities , insisted by foreign countries and the United Nations Organisation with an eye to make the Constitution Federal, so that it would help the Minorities later to set up their own Communal Regions.
Under such a situation of a government weakened by foreign pressure on one hand , and the fear on the other hand of loosing the minority votes at elections , allowing this Ranil Sirisena hybrid Government to write a New Constitution would be a “political suicide”. It will cause irreparable damage to
would by such a move loose its unitary status, its Communal unity, and menace
its historical, cultural and religious values. Sri Lanka
Therefore the Joint Opposition should take into consideration the inherent dangers of writing a new Constitution by Sirisena-Ranil hybrid government at this decisive time of
history. The JO, should therefore withdraw
forthwith from all their responsibilities in this conspiracy to write a New Government under pressure by foreign
Governments and the UN, and the threat
of the minority Communities denying their votes
at future elections to Sirisena
–Ranil Combination. Sri Lanka
The Joint Opposition to win back the people’s confidence and their support should act as one, and immediately withdraw from the Constitutional Assembly. If not it should state its reason for not leaving the Constitutional Assembly.
The interfering into
internal affairs by the UN by sending its representatives Jeffrey Feltman and Ben Emerson are questionable and goes
beyond the UN’s role as specified in the UN Charter. Sri Lanka
It is appreciated that the JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena raised objection to UN interference in Sri Lanka Constitution making process. Such protests are irrelevant as long as the Joint Opposition has not officially withdrawn from the Constitutional Assembly and ceased all activities with regard to the Constitution making process.
If the Government calls for a referendum of the people the JO should be prepared to warn the people of the dangers in allowing the yahapalanaya government to write a new Constitution, and request the people to vote against the writing a New Constitution at any referendum.
The Jaffna District MP Devananda’s statement that the writing of a new constitution is not necessary if the whole of the 13Amendment is implemented cannot be accepted, as the 13Amendment is the source of all the problems we have with the Tamils. The 13 Amendment should be withdrawn from the 1978 Constitution, and a new system of provincial governments should be set up to reflect the power of the people coming from the village level to the top.