Govt that introduced 20A is now seeking support for 21A – Sajith

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa pointed out that the government that took measures to introduce the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is today calling on all parties to support efforts to introduce the 21st Amendment.

Speaking at a discussion, yesterday (30), Premadasa said the country cannot move forward through decisions taken from within a close circle of the associates of the government.

“Decisions must be reached according to the requirements of the citizenry. Nearly a million people are directly and indirectly involved in the construction industry which has collapsed today. The government that asked for the 20th amendment to govern the country well is silent today. The government introduced the 20th amendment, saying that it would help to govern the country properly. Today all the parties are requesting to introduce the  21st amendment to the Constitution. This is what the government has done to the country,” he added.

Premadasa said, the decisions taken from within the Parliament could not move the country forward and that decisions should be taken in the best interest of the people.

“A corrupt person who had been subjected to irregularities has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways. I urge the government to remove the relevant corrupt person immediately,” he added.

Premadasa expressed these views, yesterday (30) during a discussion held at the Opposition Leader’s Office on the problems faced by the construction sector with the officials of the National Construction Association.

By Nabiya Vaffoor