SJB unlikely to reunite with UNP – Dissanayake

By Sumudu Chamara | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 17 2020
News SJB unlikely to reunite with UNP – Dissanayake

By Sumudu Chamara

Although the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has no grudges with the UNP, due to anti-democratic actions aimed at gaining power by the UNP leadership, the SJB is unlikely to reunite with the UNP anytime soon, Parliamentarian Mayantha Dissanayake said.

Addressing a Media briefing in Colombo yesterday (16), he also stated that, if the UNP leadership changes and the UNP expresses willingness to join the SJB, the SJB might take such a request into consideration.

Speaking at the same Media briefing, Parliamentarian S.M. Marikkar added that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has gained merely a simple majority, as only 52 per cent of voters voted for him at the last Presidential Election. 

He added, “There’s a serious division within the Government. If this situation continues, in the future, Sri Lanka’s politics will be divided into two groups - one supporting a dictatorial rule, the other one supporting a democratic rule. Prime Minister Rajapaksa respects democracy. If the 20th Amendment is passed, a day will come when the Prime Minister has to stand with us for democracy. The 20th Amendment has been put forward to give excessive powers to the President, while stripping the Prime Minister of his powers.”

Marikkar went on to claim that although the middle class people voted for the President expecting that he would create a new country and would rid the country of conservative politics, today, they’ve understood that this change is unlikely.

During the same Media briefing, Attorney-at-Law Lihini Fernando said the 20th Amendment violates the constitutional principles. She also expressed disapproval of the appointment of a Parliamentary Council and the abolition of the Constitutional Council, mentioned in the draft 20th Amendment. She claimed that the Parliamentary Council cannot be expected to function impartially.

She added that people should pay attention to the status quo, and that their responsibility is not limited to merely voting at the election.

By Sumudu Chamara | Published: 2:00 AM Sep 17 2020

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