Minority parties have opposed the 20th amendment to the Constitution calling for the complete removal of Executive President system, to be tabled in the Parliament by the JVP.
Tamil Progressive Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, All Sri Lanka People’s Congress, and EPDP have expressed their opposition for this resolution. The Leader of the JVP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake is to submit a personal resolution calling for the complete removal of Executive Presidency on the 8th of May.
The SLFP and the Mahindha faction had already announced that they will not support the motion. However, the JVP and the UNP had called for support of all parties.
In a meeting held with regard to the motion, presided by the Minister and the leader of TPA, Mano Ganeshan, Leader of the SLMC, Rauvb Hakeem, and Secretary, Nisam Kariappar, the Leader of All Sri Lanka People’s Congress and Minister Rishad Badi ud Deen, Representatives of Leader of EPDP, Doughlas Devananda, the National Organizer for Democratic People’s Front, S.Rajendran participated in the meeting.
In context where, it is insisted that the New Constitution should consist among other things, Power Devolution and Change of Election system, the motion of the JVP includes only the removal of executive Presidency is inappropriate and hence supporting it is not acceptable, it was said in this meeting.
Further, they have said that the Executive Presidency is one feature that gives negotiating power to minority people. In view of the power devolution and a solution to the ethnic problem we consented cut down the Powers of the president, but removing the Executive Presidency completely is not acceptable, they had decided.
It is notable that the spokesman for TNA, M.A. Sumanthiran had said elsewhere that, although the policy of the party, that the Executive Presidency should be done away with has not changed, taking up only that and leaving out Political solution and Election system is not acceptable.