JVP cannot decide on PSC participation – SF

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

 The JVP could not decide whether or not to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to discuss constitutional amendments, without the consent of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) as its parliamentarians had been elected in 2010 under the trophy symbol of the DNA, Democratic Party Leader, General Sarath Fonseka said yesterday.

However JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said recently that the JVP had decided not to participate in the PSC and would not name representatives from the party.  

Addressing the media in Colombo, Gen. Fonseka said that the JVP did not have any right to take such decisions as the JVP contested the last parliamentary election under the trophy symbol of the DNA.

The Democratic Party would contest the upcoming Northern, North-Western and Central Provincial Council elections, Gen. Fonseka said, adding that his party was confident that it would get a landslide victory at the North-Western provincial council polls as well as in the Anuradhapura, Nuwara Eliya, Matale, Kurunegala and Puttalam districts in a general election.     

However, he stressed that there should be a new Constitution that would safeguard the rights of all communities, but the UNP drafted constitutional proposal would not fulfil the country’s present need.

The executive presidency should be abolished, more powers devolved and the leadership given to the right person, he said. 

Gen. Fonseka added that the devolution of power was not that much of a problem and everything could not be done according to the whims and fancies of a single person.

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