JO MPS STEP DOWN FROM SUB­COM­MIT­TEES

New Con­sti­tu­tion

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KALATHMA JAYAWARD­HANE

Joint op­po­si­tion mem­bers in­clud­ing MPS Ban­dula Gu­nawar­dane, Ke­he­liya Ram­buk­wella and Tharaka Bala­suriya yes­ter­day re­signed from the Sub Com­mit­tees at­tached to the Con­sti­tu­tional Assem­bly.

Mr. Gu­nawar­dane told a me­dia brief­ing that they of­fi­cially re­jected the re­ports pro­duced by the 6 Sub Com­mit­tees and added that they had par­tic­i­pated in this pro­ce­dure with good in­ten­tion.

“It has been proved that th­ese Sub Com­mit­tee re­ports would di­rectly af­fect the uni­tary na­ture of the state and it would re­sult in de­vel­op­ing fed­er­al­ism and sep­a­ratism in the coun­try,” he said.

He said the joint op­po­si­tion would never as­so­ciate it­self in mat­ters where the state’s uni­tary na­ture is threat­ened and added that they in­tended to re­veal th­ese facts through de­bates in the House. “We planned to re­sign from th­ese Sub Com­mit­tees af­ter re­veal­ing of th­ese facts to the peo­ple. Un­for­tu­nately, the gov­ern­ment can­celled the de­bates on the mat­ter in an un­demo­cratic,” he said. He said they would how­ever re­veal those facts to the coun­try and stand for the uni­tary na­ture of the coun­try and added that the rea­son be­hind the joint op­po­si­tion mem­bers to par­take in th­ese Sub Com­mit­tees was to re­veal the dark side of the mat­ter. “I was the Chair­per­son to the Sub Com­mit­tee of state funds. There are many other joint op­po­si­tion mem­bers in the re­main­ing 5 Sub Com­mit­tees. They will also re­sign from their mem­ber­ship in the com­ing days,” he said.

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