The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said that the Government should respect the people’s mandate and place the draft constitution prepared by the Constitutional Assembly before the people, ahead of proceeding with a referendum.
“The government is trying to disregard the people’s mandate and present a new constitution as a solution for every problem in the country,”said JVP Propaganda Secretary, MP Vijitha Herath.
He said asking people to submit their own proposals for the new constitution would be a useless exercise and it is an attempt to deceive the public. He suggested the government draft the new constitution and place it before the people for them to offer suggestions and solutions.
While pointing out that drafting a new constitution was a timely need and the executive powers of the President should be totally abolished in the new constitution, the lawmaker said all the problems the people are facing in the country cannot be resolved with a new constitution.
He said that the constitution was not the cause for all the burning problems in the country and asked the government not to cover up the issues people are having through a new constitution. He said the talk about introducing a new constitution is an attempt to postpone solutions to people’s problems by sweeping them under the carpet.
MP Herath asked the government to understand the people’s mandate given against political prostitution in this country and fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people who returned it to power.
He said the JVP would organise a massive protest rally at Nugegoda on 8 January to pressure the government to honor the people’s mandate given in support of good governance.
MP Herath invited all civil society organisations, intellectuals, artistes and others who were responsible to bring this government to power to join with the party to take part in the rally. (Colombopage)