The 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)