MR can become PM only through 20A: Anura

Published : 9:11 am  June 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (264) reads | 

Untitled-6Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would get a chance to become Prime Minister and the head of the government in 2020 only through the 20th Amendment proposed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), its leader Anura Kumara Dissanyake said yesterday.   


He told a seminar in Colombo yesterday that Mr. Rajapaksa could not become neither the Prime Minister nor the President in 2020 under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and added that the only possibility for him to become the Prime Minister was through the 20A.   


He said some people claimed that 20A was introduced in fear of former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaska contesting presidential election in 2020 and added that they even did not think of Gota factor when it was brought in.   
“We are not doing politics in fear of anyone. We, who are not afraid of the king, would never be afraid of the watchman. We are ready to do our politics for the betterment of the people with anyone,” he said.   


He said the objection for the 20A was a family problem of the Rajapaksa’s because if 20A was passed Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s political journey will be hampered as he could not contest the presidential election while Mahinda Rajapaksa could not become the Prime Minister if 20A was not passed.   


Mr. Dissanayake rejecting the allegations that 20A was a conspiracy to allow Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to remain in power said that it was not a valid point as his term would be reduced by 7 months through the 20A.   
“The Prime Minister can hold the post till September 2, 2020 but with the 20A, parliament should be dissolved on February 8, 2020. If someone wants, we are even ready to dissolve parliament on January 8. We have set a month period to dissolve parliament after enacting 20A so as to ensure stability of the state until a parliamentary election was held and elect a new government,” he said.   


He said the JVP was ready to amend the 20A if someone suggested doing so adding that it was not a final draft.   


He said the reason for the deterioration of economy, political and social values was a result of not strengthening democracy and added that the only obstacle to uphold democracy was the executive presidency.   

 

We are not doing politics in fear of anyone. We, who are not afraid of the king, would never be afraid of the watchman. We are ready to do our politics for the betterment of the people with anyone