JHU quits PSC on national question

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 00:21 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Government’s latest Parliamentary Committee set up to go into constitutional changes to resolve the ethnic question hit a fresh snag yesterday after its own hardline ally the Jathika Hela Urumaya quit the process because the ruling regime had failed to repeal  ‘separatist’ clauses in the 13th Amendment. Addressing a press briefing yesterday, JHU strongman and Minister Champika Ranawaka said that the Government had promised to bring at least one major revision to the 13th Amendment as an Urgent Bill, after two amendments to the legislation had been struck down to one by the Cabinet of Ministers.  Minister Ranawaka told the media that the JHU had wanted the two provisions repealed ahead of the Northern Provincial Council election. “If the TNA wins the northern election there is a fear that they will use these provisions to divide the country,” Ranawaka charged. The JHU will take the campaign forward to defeat the 13th Amendment for future generations of this country, he said. The Government PSC has already been set back by a decision by all Opposition parties, including the main Tamil party the TNA, to boycott the process. (DB)