NGOs blame SLFPers for President’s failure to fulfill election promises

wants new constitution urgently


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Purawesi Balaya, a collective of NGOs which campaigned for President Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 presidential race lashed out at Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the government for not letting the President fulfil his promises made during the presidential election campaign.

Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana the NGO‚Äącollective claimed the government had failed to implement many of its election pledges including the much-awaited constitutional reforms.

The press conference was attended by Saman Rathnapriya, Gamini Viyangoda, K.W Janaranjana, Sarath Wejesooriya and Lucien Bulathsinhala.

According to Purawesi Balaya, the two and half-year old government couldn’t bring a new constitution due to the lethargic SLFP members in the unity government.

Gamini Viyangoda stressed the SLFP couldn’t even decide whether they wanted the presidential system or not.

Pointing out that there was no proper mechanism to investigate the allegations leveled against the former government, Viyangoda said there was no difference between the present government and its predecessor.

Saman Rathnapriya said the government had intentionally delayed in taking the culprits of the former government to custody and also blamed the lethargic process followed by the government.

Rathnapriya the popularity of any government would be on the wane after being in power for two years or so.

Therefore, the government should, at least, bring the new constitution immediately and it should not be afraid to go for a referendum if necessary, he said.

Commenting on speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle, Sarath Wijesooriya said a Cabinet reshuffle was important at present and the subjects of the ministries should be divided properly and the current mismatch avoided.

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