JVP piqued by SLFP moves

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The JVP yesterday warned that the formation of a national government would jeopardise efforts to bring in crucial constitutional reforms as envisaged in President Maithripala Sirisena’s polls manifesto.

Therefore, an agreement between the SLFP and the UNP was inimical to the much touted 100-day project meant to drastically dilute executive powers of the incumbent president, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told the media.

The JVPer said that the SLFP shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with the original plan to dissolve Parliament on April 23 to pave the way for general election in June. The JVP General Secretary said that the government should go ahead with its plan to bring in constitutional reforms, the National Audit Bill, Right to Information Bill as well as laws stop crossovers. However, the SLFP had now threatened not to support these crucial reforms unless the electoral reforms, too, were presented simultaneously, Silva said.

Strongly condemning the SLFP’s strategy, the JVP official said that in addition to those reforms, President Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto had also promised to introduce a Bill to impose severe restrictions on Sri Lankans having dual citizenship contesting elections.

While blaming the UNP for delaying the process, the JVP accused the SLFP of sabotaging the much needed reforms.

Commenting on the bring-back-Mahinda campaign, the JVP official said that those pushing for the defeated president’s return to active politics wasn’t led by the SLFP but some other elements. Tilvin Silva challenged the former SLFP leader’s right to contest an election again as he had been rejected at the January 8 presidential election.

He said as planned earlier parliament should be dissolved by April 23 and next election held under a caretaker government to pave the formation of a national government. The JVP insisted that a national government should follow the next parliamentary election and not before as envisaged by some corrupt elements on both sides hell-bent on protecting their ill-gotten wealth.

Tilvin Silva also alleged that the SLFP was making an attempt to retain the executive presidency with all its dictatorial powers.

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