Thousands gather in Colombo as UNP stands its ground

Thousands gathered in Colombo today at a mass rally organised by the United National Party (UNP) to demand that Parliament be convened immediately and democracy be protected.

United National Front (UNF) party leaders and UNP Parliamentarians attended the rally.

The UNF and UNP demanded that Parliament be convened so that the issue over who has the majority support in Parliament can be resolved.

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that President Maithripala Sirisena assumed he will get his way when he removed him as Prime Minister.

Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister and prorogued Parliament till November 16th.

However Wickremesinghe said that the UNP and its partners in the United National Front will not give up and will continue to push for Parliament to convene immediately.

Wickremesinghe said that the UNP supported Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 to be elected as President.

He said that the unity Government was given a mandate in 2015 and that included establishing democracy.

Wickremesinghe said that they did not expect President Maithripala Sirisena to go against the mandate given to him.

He said the President is attempting to hold on to his executive powers but the UNP will oppose it.

UNP Parliamentarian Ajith. P. Perera said that the President will be given time till Friday to convene Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)

 

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    Army to stay away from Sri Lanka political crisis
    Oct 30, 2018 18:58 PM GMT+0530
    My comments: 30.10.2018.
    THE REALITY MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA SHOULD FACE.

    MUSLIMS SHOULD DENOUNCE RAUF HAKEEM’S AND OTHER MUSLIM POLITICIANS CALLS TO MUSLIMS TO COME TO THE STREETS TO PROTEST MR/MY3 NEW GOVERNMENT.

    But let’s look at the reality. Whatever said and done – the Mahinda -MY3 political steam roller is moving forward. The 72% Sinhala people will finally support Mahinda, including the Police and the 3 Security Forces. That is the powerful political force needed to safeguard our “MAATHRUBOOMIYA” from the crutches of the Western powers that are trying to make us their slaves economically and destroy our SOVEREIGNITY as an independent FREE STATE of the UN and a member of the COMMONWEALTH FAMILY, in the international political arena. It is the free trade policy of the UNF/UNP and the free for all attitude of the UNF/UNP in the handling of all state and public matters and the economy of the country and the UNF/UNP political and hierarchical system of the big wigs of the UNP, since January 8th, 2015, involved in mega corruption with their minority coalition partners, which has resulted in the pathetic state of affairs in our country and the selling of our country’s assets to the political vultures of the eastern and western world.
    The BURDEN has befallen our poor citizens and the nation to redeem them for our next generations which cannot continue. Look at how IGP Pugita Jayasundara had acted, being a Ranil man. With my involvement with the SLFP since 1969, beginning with the Late Sirimavo R.D.Bandaranaike and to supporting Mahinda at the 2015 Presidential and General elections, being a staunch supporter of the SLFP/Mahinda Pela/JO and the SLPP, I know that the political cuemanship of the late T.B.Jaya’s advice “that we Muslims should not place all our eggs in one basket” has to be the best political “SAFETY VALUE”, Insha Allah for the Muslims of Sri Lanka. Even though, as a voice heard in the wilderness, I have stood with the SLFP/Mahinda Pela/JO and the SLPP, without changing colours or the party till to-date, Alhamdulillah.

    My advice is that we should see reality now – Insha Allah. Though the Muslim political leaders may say they are supporting Ranil standing or sitting beside him at Temple Trees press conferences, they will finally crawl towards Mahinda and Maithri (MY3) at the last moment. There seems already signals reaching out that both Muslim leaders, especially Rishard Bathiudeen is trying to make a deal with Basil Rajapaksa to cross over at the appropriate moment. Basil Rajapaksa knows much about the corruption of these “deceptive Muslim leaders”. We should therefore warn Hon. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and group to be ALERT about the “MUNAAFIKK” Muslim politicians, who will FLOCK to him to gain personal benefits trying to say they are the Muslim votes.

    Hon. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa should NOT forget those Muslims, Muslim voters and Muslim politicians who stood with “Mahinda pela”,Basil and Gotabaya since they were defeated in January 8th., 2015. In recent times, the Beruwela and Aluthgama and Eastern province Muslims have extended their support to Mahinda Rajapaksa with a hope of understating and trust that the New PM will resolve their issues democratically. They are the people/Muslim representatives who should be our VOICE in the new Mahinda – MY3 government, Insha Allah. I hope and pray that this message will reach all Muslims and Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa our new PM, Hon. Basil Rajapaksa and former Defense secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa.

    The fact remains NOW, the Muslim voters are acting on their own and do NOT wish to be represented by these “MUNAAFIKK and DECEPTIVE POLITICIANS”, Insha Allah. It is time up that a NEW POLITICAL FORCE that will be honest and sincere that will produce “CLEAN” and diligent Muslim Politicians to stand up and defend the Muslim Community politically and otherwise, especially from among the YOUTH, and to support the news government of PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, has to emerge from within the Sri Lanka Muslim Community to face any new election in the coming future, Insha Allah.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP Stalwart and Convener – “The Muslim Voice” – October 30th., 2018.

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