JHU puts TNA on notice over Federal solution

ChampikaThe Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it will not allow the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to have its way and implement a Federal system in Sri Lanka.

JHU General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said that the United National Front for Good Governance, under which the JHU is contesting the Parliament election this month, never made any proposals which are a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.

He said that on the contrary, the Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government had made some proposals when it was in power, which posed a threat to the country.

“The President and the Prime Minister and even Mahinda Rajapaksa have accepted the unitary state of this country. The TNA has been calling for a Federal solution since 1949. It is just one of their dreams. To form a Federal State a referendum must be held. There needs to be a 2/3rd majority in Parliament. With 10-15 seats in Parliament the TNA cannot achieve that. As long as we are there we will not allow the country to be divided,” he said.

The JHU General Secretary made these comments while addressing an election rally in Kolonnawa.

He said that the main goal of the JHU is to establish a new political culture in Sri Lanka and this includes amending the electoral system.

“When an attempt was made to bring the 20th Amendment to Parliament there were those who wanted Parliament dissolved,” the former Power and Energy Minister noted.

He said that after the August 17 Parliament election the JHU will push to ensure Sri Lankans enjoy true freedom.

Champika Ranawaka said that the judiciary will no longer be controlled by a telephone call from the President’s office but will instead be independent. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Tamils making trouble everywhere in the world. There are few peaceful ones but many makes ‘living hell’ situations. Good example is Tamilnadu and Jayalalitha the terror queen. She controlled Manmohan Singh when he was the Indian Prime Minister; enormous damages done to whole India due to Tamilnadu stupid political terrorism. If Sri Lanka gives Federal System to Tamils they will bring all drug trafficking ‘regional offices’ to Jaffna. Tamils need to live with Sinhalese with harmony; It is a small country and not for division. What about the Tamil people living in other parts of Sri Lanka? Already Tamil medium HSC exams are heavily cheated and it will be worse if Federal System is introduced.

  2. I would like to ask Champika Ranawaka as to what is wrong with Federalism. Does he know what type of government exists in India and various other countries. Is he against Federalism to win votes and become a member of parliament? If you suggest a referendum for Federalism, then of course the Tamils from the North and East will demand a referendum to determine their fate. Is it not in the UN Charter? His main theme with regard to the Tamils is to subjugate them.

  3. I agree with just. Society because as young politician like you look at the world country like Australia and Canada model does not allow for separate countr to form. It also can be included in the constitution to maintain United Lanka to enjoy people with difference province administrate and live together

  4. Champika Ranawaka, as a relatively young leader, should study the Indian constitution to understand the federal system of governance in multilingual societies. Or cantons in Swiss, or states in US and Australia, or far superior confederal system in Canada.

    To take a contrarian view just because an idea is coming from another Party of your liking is not smart.

    FP proposed it in 1949 Ceylon, not accepted, that only provided and produced calamity to the nation.

    India implemented linguistic federal states in 1956 and it is an envy of the world with democracy for its one billion people. Federal system is one of the best form governing structures for strength and sovereignty in a country.

    A people must be free to govern themselves for their own affairs and work jointly as well.

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