Samagi Jana Balavegaya leader Sajith Premadasa says his policy is to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
In an interview with the New Indian Express, Premadasa said that he will look to strengthen the system of provincial councils.
“My policy will be to implement the 13th amendment by strengthening the system of provincial councils and thus ensuring the widest, deepest, devolution of power and autonomy possible within the parameters of a unitary state,” he said.
He said that he regards Sri Lanka as having an Asian destiny, perhaps even a Eurasian or Greater Eurasian destiny.
“India is not only a major Asian, Eurasian and Greater Eurasian power, it is Sri Lanka’s great neighbour. Geography, history and a shared civilisational heritage make the relationship with India, axiomatically our single most important relationship and I shall ensure that it is kept at the highest and best possible level,” he said.
He said that the vision that will be contained in the manifesto of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya will be for a New Middle Path for the 21st century; namely a New Social Democracy and an alternative Asian Modernity, a generous, tolerant, inclusive paradigm that can build a Sri Lankan nation while respecting the diversity of the pluralistic society. (Colombo Gazette)