Dissolution to avert a bloodbath

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By J.A.L. Jayasinghe and  Nadeeka Daya Bandara  

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that parliament was dissolved in order to avert a possible breach of peace by way of  riots on Wednesday.  

 The Minister expressed these views when he visited the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera on Saturday to communicate a message from President Maithripala Sirisena to the prelate.   

President Sirisena had cancelled a visit to the Malwatte and Asgiriya Temples in Kandy on Saturday and the Minister visited the Mahanayake Theras to convey the President’s message that he was unable to visit the temples as scheduled earlier.   

However, President had visited the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy on the same day.   

When the minister met the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven.Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera the latter  endorsed the President’s decision to dissolve the Parliament.    The minister told the Prelate that it was due to the one sided and high handed actions by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that the President was compelled to dissolve Parliament.’The behaviour and the statements by the Speaker are incredible. In the light of his behaviour, there was a situation in the country where there was a possibility of a bloodbath, which we had to avert somehow.   

He stated that in spite of the UNP preparing to go to the courts to challenge the dissolution of the Parliament, President has not done anything illegal in dissolving the Parliament.   Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna will contest the Parliamentary election jointly under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the party and the symbol under which they would contest would be decided in due course.   

He also said that the election would be held under the present Proportional Representation (PR) system as it has not been changed.