Joint Opposition decides to oppose 20th Amendment
Posted on May 31st, 2018

By Yusuf Ariff  Courtesy Adaderana

The Joint Opposition (JO) decided to oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which has been proposed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), MP Udaya Gammanpila said.

The decision was taken during the JO party leaders’ meeting held this evening under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the latter’s official residence in Colombo.

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila revealed the decision speaking to reporters after the meeting ended today (30).

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament as a private member’s bill by JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on May 25.

Among other proposals the 20th amendment seeks to abolish the Executive Presidency.

6 Responses to “Joint Opposition decides to oppose 20th Amendment”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    A wrong decision detrimental to the interests of Sri Lanka and the majority community. JO will regret this decision.

    Sirisena is in panic mode now as he knows what awaits him and his family if Rajapaksas win. This is the sad reality of intolerant politics of this country. His accusation that UNP is in bed with Rajapaksas is in total desperation. It is partly true. He will take desperate measures now to protect himself and his family. It will be clan against clan.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    BRAVO! THIS is the CORRECT DECISION by the JOINT OPPOSITION!

    The EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY is ESSENTIAL for the CONTINUED STABILITY, INTEGRITY and HEALTH of Sri Lanka!

    The President is the ONLY POLITICAL LEADER ELECTED by ALL the VOTERS of the ENTIRE COUNTRY at the SAME TIME … we must NEVER GIVE IT UP!

    Furthermore, without an Executive President, the EELAM WAR would NEVER have been won.

    If the 20th Amendment passes, the SAME FLOCK of CROOKED TRAITORS in Parliament, BRIBED to the GILLS, will be able to do their HORSE TRADING and SELECT the President without ANY DIRECT INPUT from the People!

    If the CURRENT SCANDAL of how 118 MPs have ACCEPTED BRIBES from Perpetual Treasuries SHOWS ANYTHING, is that EVEN a SINGLE TREASONOUS & CROOKED ENTITY can BUY the WHOLE Parliament of MPs ….. LOCK, STOCK & BARREL.

    In this case, it is being done with STOLEN BOND SCAM money … the PEOPLE’S OWN MONEY … to SUBVERT and UNDERMINE the RIGHTS of the PEOPLE!!

    In Sinhala they say “OORAGEY MALU OORAGEY ANGA UDAMA THIYAGENA KAPANAWA!”

  3. Vaisrawana Says:

    After reading Darshan Weerasekera’s open letter to Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa (May 29th/Lankaweb) I have no doubt that this is the right decision.

  4. DR M D P DISSANAYAKE Says:

    JO should not have taken such a long time to make this decision. JO should not have taken JVP seriously at all, its leader will be someone like Wickremabahu, after next election.

    We need to bring back Executive Presidency with more powers vested in the role in protecting areas of unitary status of Sri Lanka, together with rightful place for Buddhism. Resettlement of Sinhalese in North and East in the ratio of population mix in rest of the island must be guaranteed. A branch of Malwatte Chapter need to be established in Jaffna, recruitment of buddhist monks with tamil speaking skills need to be accelerated.

  5. Charles Says:

    I do not think JO had been hesitating on the issue. It is evident this 20 is not just a JVP issue theere are many behind it with the long hands of NGOs infamous Puravasi Balaya is openly capaigning. Dilrooks stand is strange I saw him even taking side with MP camp with murderous intentions- he says else where,……If or when Rajapaksas are back in power, Sirisena and his family members will suffer prison terms, harassment and probably death. This is what Sirisena fears now.It is clan verses clan in a death match. ” All imagination of the anti Mahind R camp.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Charles,

    Whatever anyone says, Sirisena and his Family do not have to be in fear of their lives if Mahinda Rajapaksa comes to power again.

    That is one of the MANY GOOD THINGS about Mahinda: His MODERATION IN ALL THINGS!

    This SO CALLED “FEAR” Sirisena has expressed SPRINGS from his own recognition that HIS OWN BACK-STABBING RICHLY DESERVES PUNISHMENT!

    However, they may have to face PROSECUTION for any CRIMES like CORRUPTION that they may have engaged in as do ALL citizens of Sri Lanka.

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