Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa warned that the opposition will launch a ‘democratic rebellion’ against the Government.
Premadasa said that the Government has pushed the country towards a serious tragedy and that the opposition will create a democratic people’s uprising against it. He further said that he is in discussions with parties to build a massive political movement for this purpose and that the people’s struggle would not end until the Government is ousted.
“It has been decided to commence a series of discussions with political parties registered with the Elections Commission on building the country in the face of the current crisis and the first phase commenced yesterday (28) at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo”.
Accordingly, representatives of the Purawasy Peramuna (People’s Front), Eksath Wamaanshika Peramuna (United Leftist Front) and Ape Jana Bala Pakshaya (Our People’s Power Party) participated in this event.
“Essential services of the Government exist only to protect the chairs of the President, the Prime Minister and the Ministers and the people of the country are suffering immensely amid this situation. A Government that cannot function should resign and then a government that would build this country would be formed by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB),” he added.
Premadasa added that a country cannot be ruled by the law of the jungle and that democratic measures are required instead. Addressing a gathering of representatives of civil society organisations, parties involved in the protests and party leaders, he said that a continuous struggle must be waged in Parliament and elsewhere for the victory of democracy and that the people could be able to win through this.
“My sole objective is to implement the 21st Amendment in particular and to establish democracy through a system of checks and balances,” he added.
Premadasa said that proposals were submitted to him by several parties involved in the struggle and that he would pay special attention to all of them.
By Nabiya Vaffoor