President must summon parliament immediately

JVP on promised bond debate


By Saman Indrajith

The JVP yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to summon parliament by Feb. 07 to debate the reports of the Bond Commission and PRECIFAC (Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges).

JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Pelawatte said: "We did not attend a party leaders’ meeting summoned by the President to discuss the two reports because we knew it would be an exercise in futility. Now, it it only too well known that the bond commission report presented to Parliament is not complete. The President should tell the nation how some pages have gone missing. Unless he does so there is no point in his discussing the matter with party leaders.

"The President can summon parliament by Feb. 07. When the Meethotamulla disaster struck, the President was not even in the country, but he summoned Parliament using the executive powers. He can make use of the same powers to summon it again to debate the bond commission and PRECIFAC reports.

"At the party leaders’ meetings at Parliament on Jan 22 and 24 we emphasised that we needed a debate before the Feb. 10 elections. The government was opposed to our demand. Minister Lakshman Kiriella in the presence of Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe and Nimal Siripala de Silva rejected out demand. Following the President’s challenge, we wrote to the Speaker asking him to summon parliament before elections. The Prime Minister says that the debate can be held on Feb. 8 and 9 knowing that the Elections Commissioner would not permit it.

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