What happened to the Proposed PSC on the 13 Amendment ?
Posted on August 15th, 2013

By Charles.S.Perera

 There was quite an excitement some where in mid July about taking a decision on the removal or removing certain provisions of the 13Amendment to the Constitution. PSC was appointed with the Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva in the Chair.   Then  a decision  had been taken to call the views of the public on the issue.  The last date to receive the views of the public was  fixed for the 9th August, 2013. 

 Since then nothing has been heard.  The elections for the Northern Provincial Council is to be held in September.  Therefore any decision with regard to the 13 Amendment has to be taken now.

 In the meantime there had been many events that have shifted the interest away from the 13th  Amendment.  But it is more important that a decision is taken on the issue without further delay. The opposition are getting ready to create a political  upheaval allowing the public interest in the 13 Amendment to lapse.

 There was recently an article in the Lanka Web by Chandrasena Pandithage warning the President of the dangers he is facing from many forces out to discredit the government and isolate the Country from the international scene, forcing the cancellation of the CHOGM, and to project Sri Lanka to the visiting UN High Commissioner of Human rights as a country violating the rights of the people, and   where there is no freedom of worship, and where there is Communal strife. Not forgetting the TNA’s all out effort to win the Northern Provincial Council Elections.

 There is  a real danger to the life of the President and it is timely that he takes precautions as it is necessary that Sri Lanka has Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka for some more time to come, along with his trusted Defence Secretary.  

 There is a possible danger from CIA and the RAW.  CIA was able to change regimes with the presence in a country of only one of its Agents.  The President Premadasa was assassinated by a person who was very close to him and who had won his confidence. 

 Therefore, it is wise that the President takes necessary safety measures.  The most dangerous period for the President  would be from now until the end of CHOGM.  The  smell of money makes even intelligent men fall to lowest levels.  The Tamil Diaspora has money to make people to do the dirtiest possible work.  We already see some intelligent people , intellectuals at that,  already carrying out propaganda for the TNA

 UNP is in the mean time signing MoUs with other opposition parties to topple the Government.  UNP is a failed political Party and even though thousands will turn up for manifestations they organise, UNP and the Opposition will not be able to topple the government by turning the  masses against the government.  In the hey days of LSSP and  CP their meetings attracted the largest crowds, but at elections the people did not places their trust in them as much.

 But all that should be left aside  and turn the government’s attention to what is more important. A decision to remove the 13 Amendment should be taken without further delay, without allowing other matters to take priority.

 

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10 Responses to “What happened to the Proposed PSC on the 13 Amendment ?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    UriNePee has forgotten what happened after it signed a MoU with the LTTE!!

    But I’m puzzled by the SILENCE of Wimal, Champika, Udaya, Gota,etc. after Endian Menon’s visit.

    SOMEONE has silenced them.

    The bigger problem is SLFP is FOLLOWING the UNP to become another failed political party.

    IF TNA doesn’t get police powers, it will organize a VIOLENT PROTEST

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    IF TNA doesn’t get police powers, it will organize a VIOLENT PROTEST.

    IF the army or police shoots them, hurts them, they will cry to Endia, USA, EU, MR, etc. and get police powers saying the police will be MORE DISCIPLINED under them.

    IF the army or police does NOT shoot them, hurts them, they will make more violent protests, ultimately leading to shooting.

    So either way we are in trouble with PCs.

  3. dhane Says:

    Tamil Nadu is giving enough headache to Central Govt: keep their support in Parliament. Remember what happened to Amitha Bachen with Film Fair award ceremony. By any chance if India boycott CHOGM it will effect very badly.
    MR will talk about 13th amendment after provincial council elections & CHOGM meeting is over.
    After Menon’s visit President & others would have considered the best option is to keep silence for the moment.

  4. Ratanapala Says:

    Chandrasena Pandithage and Charles Perera are right. Currently Sri Lanka has no option other than the Rajapakse presidency. Christian UNP is no alternative.

    It is important that they stay alive. Single bullet or a well placed IUD can end the party for the UPFA. It is necessary that they don’t make the same mistake that Gen Kobbekaduwa did by getting on to the same vehicle with Gen Wijaya Wimalaratne and others. It is important that the President and the Defence Secretary do not find themselves in the same spot like they do more and more frequently now attending unimportant and non significant occasions and tamashas.

    If the unthnikable were to happen Sri Lanka would be once again in disarray. This is what our enemies are hoping for. Once the TNA win the Northern Province – for them and the Tamil Diaspora, President Rajapakse will become expendable just as it was with President Premadasa to Prabhakaran. The Christian West led by US and CIA have now perfected ways for regime change.

    All the patriots have pointed out the dangers of the 13th Amendment to this Presidency. President Rajapakse is on the slippery slope to self destruct at the hands of his enemies. He seems to have forgotten who brought him to power!

  5. Dilrook Says:

    What is needed is a jolt that would be felt badly by the ruling clan; not a regime change. Despite its shortcomings the provincial election system has provided a yardstick for a mid-term assessment of the ruling party’s performance. However, given the potential disruptions after the Northern Provincial Council election, it is best to get the ruling clan down to earth so that they will take some concrete action against 13A. For this a defeat in Central or North Western Province is needed. Elections are the peaceful and right way to alert politicians when they are going off the rails. A vote against the UPFA at the forthcoming provincial elections is the right thing to do. That would remind the rulers who their voters are and what they value.

    Unfortunately the UNP has not changed. It is the same thinking that led to the CFA.

    TNA, India and the LTTE Rump know well that the Rajapakses have reached the end of the road in granting appeasements to Tamils with the conclusion of the Northern Provincial Council election. At that point they would want a fresh leader with a new bundle of appeasements for Tamils.

    As a seasoned politician he should be well aware of this. Indian aggressive expansionism already has many headaches from Sri Lanka. Chinese owned Colombo South port opening brings all this to a head which was constructed remarkably fast well ahead of Indian Kochi port development. The fate of SWRD Bandaranaike and Premadasa awaits the Rajapakses. Extreme care must be exercised by them. Otherwise there will be total anarchy in the island given the clashes in recent times and potential clashes.

    The Prime Minister is a walking corpse. Constitutionally the Prime Minister takes over the reigns of the President in case of an undesirable event ahead of the Speaker. The practice of having the most naive and subservient MP as Prime Minister led to the collapse of the UNP regime in 1994. It mustn’t be repeated. Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena makes a better Prime Minister and a good discouragement against removing the President through violence.

    LTTE and other attempts at getting pro-peace Mangala Samaraweera as the Prime Minister in 2005 failed and the anti-national media complained about the ‘hawkish’ Prime Minister Wickremanayake. However, that arrangement discouraged the peace mafia from assassinating the President fearing a worse ‘hawk’ at the helm.

  6. S de Silva Says:

    A timely Warning to GoSL – Thank you Charles and the other contributors for the very timely warning on the utterly necessary need for the correct action right now starting with the ditching of 13A and enhancing the personal security around the rulers. GoSL, please take these warnings seriously. Sri Lankans do not need another tragedy- S de Silva – London

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Agree with SdeS.

    I think quite enough JOLTS have been thrown at the leaders & GoSL. In politics, the Game can turn dangerous for leading politicians as well for the entire country.

    The Game of de-stabilising Sri Lanka lies in the hands of a juvenile delinquent, the Jnt Opposition. It’s high time these politicos grew up to maturity instead of acting like drunken, stupid, failed juniors. Other forces that wants regime change will use the opportunity to go beyond mere destabilization.

  8. Indrajith Says:

    Ratanapala is correct. LTTE provided a false sense of security to Rajiv Gandhi and therefore he engaged in election propaganda work without taking sufficient safety precautions. All of us know what happened to him. (Recently I spoke to one of my Indian friends and he said, in fact, majority Indians happy about what happened to him, but that is a different story!) LTTE provided the same false sense of security to the late Honourable Laxman Kadiragarmar through Jayantha Gnanakoon, a good friend of Ranil Master. (I heard JG died in Australia recently). All of us know what happened to this great son of SL, Mr. LK. The same way, now defunct terrorist organization may try to assassin the political and security leadership of the present govt. through their sleeper cells still hiding in Colombo. So, the best thing for them to do is to consider threats to their lives seriously and take extra precautions such as avoiding unnecessary public gatherings and also not to gather together in vulnerable places, etc. If this govt. is changed, it will be the end of SL. Ranil master will reverse all the hard earned victories and give Eelam on a platter to TNA/LTTE!

  9. Senevirath Says:

    EVEN IF MAHINDA AVOID SCRAPPING 13A WE HAVE TO KEEP MAHINDA FOR SOMETIME BECAUSE IF U.N.P COMES TO POWER THEY WILL GIVE EELAM TO TAMILS. FROM D.S UP TO NOW U.N.P BETRAYED SINHALA BUDDHISTS.

    WHILE HATING MAHINDA WE HAVE TO KEEP HIM UNTIL WE FIND SOME HERO TO SAVE THE COUNTRY

  10. Indrajith Says:

    Actually, it is a good practice to look into your own backyard for traitors, spies, moles etc. because they’re always close to you, mingled with others pretending to be your servant or friend. Remember, Babu acted as Premadhasa’s hair dyer in order to get access to his inner circle. The suicide bomber who exploded herself inside army HQ unsuccessfully trying to assassin SF, the former head of the army had been trained and let her unhindered access to high security SLA HQ by SF’s own cook who in fact was a hard-core LTTE operative planted by Pottu. They were so clever and highly trained for the purpose, even the intelligent authorities couldn’t find out his modus operandi for a long time after the failed suicide attack.

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