JHU, NFF join hands against 13A


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Housing, Construction and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka at yesterday’s press briefing.

Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha

Although the government is still undecided on whether to abolish the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the National Freedom Front (NFF), two partners of the ruling coalition, yesterday (08) launched a joint campaign against the amendment.

Both political parties are of the opinion that the 13th Amendment will harm the sovereignty of the country and thus it needs to be abolished. They urged the public to rally to pressure the government to abolish the 13th Amendments to the Constitution.

Addressing the media at the National Library Auditorium,  NFF leader, Housing, Construction and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the 13th Amendment would be a great threat to national security.

Explaining that the 13th Amendment would lead to federalism, Weerawansa noted that the government and the country would be faced with many problems in such an eventuality.

He likened the 13th Amendment to the Constitution to a time bomb.

Weerawansa urged the government to hold a referendum to repeal the Provincial Council system as the country had not benefited from it.

JHU leader, Power and Energy Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka said that provincial council system had had an adverse impact on the country’s national security, unitary status and development.

Ranawaka said that the 13th Amendment had been brought forward without any extensive dialogue on the issue and as a result of the absence of an in depth analysis of the system, many serious problems had been created.

He said that the government was now implementing a programme to decentralise power to the village level.

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