SJB to support Joint All-Party Action Plan

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa responded positively to a majority of the content in the Government’s Policy Statement, presented in Parliament by President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (3), saying the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is ready to support the joint all-party action plan through Parliamentary committees without accepting ministry portfolios.

Addressing the media at the Parliament complex, after the ceremonial opening of the third session of the ninth Parliament, yesterday (3), he added that the Policy Statement was positive, but the President should walk the talk.

“We think positively about the content of the speech. We hope he will put it into practice. The most positive aspect of the speech is that it is clearly laid out as to how the joint all-party action plan should be implemented. It is proposed to establish a committee comprising Party Leaders, a People’s Council and an Oversight Committee to implement the said action plan,” he said.

Premadasa said another positive aspect of the Policy Statement is that it does not attempt to lure MPs by offering ministries.

“The SJB would support the joint all-party action plan through the proposed committee system, when it is put into practice but will not accept Ministry portfolios,” he said.

Premadasa said the proposal to form a Party Leaders’ Council, public involvement in governance, and strengthening Oversight Committees are all favourable proposals.

Meanwhile, in response to the letter sent by the President on 29 July, Premadasa noted that SJB and Samagi Jana Bala Sandanaya have decided to accept the invitation for a dialogue regarding the next steps including the 19th Constitutional Amendment and the re-introduction of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee system in order to find a solution to the economic and social crises of the country.

By Nabiya Vaffoor