PM urges SJB, NPP to attend sittings again to pass 21A | Daily News

PM urges SJB, NPP to attend sittings again to pass 21A

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (22) called on Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB} and National People’s Power (NPP) to attend Parliament immediately and support the passing of the 21st Amendment to the constitution and agree to establish the new Parliamentary Committee System. 

“The Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the National People’s Power Party have now come to a common stance of boycotting Parliamentary sessions.The Samagi Jana Balawegaya had previously stated that Sri Lanka must work together with the IMF. Has their stance changed since? Does the National People’s Power Party agree or not with the discussions being held with the IMF?” the Premier questioned.

The Prime Minister said the 21st Amendment to the Constitution will be presented in Parliament shortly. Do these two Parties have no need for the 21st Amendment? Do they not need Independent Commissions? Are they for or against facilitating the ability of both government and opposition MPs to participate in governance through the Parliamentary Committee System? This is the opportunity for the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the National People’s Power Party to present their views on these. But there is one important fact we must not forget at this juncture. Today there is a collective protest by citizens against the whole parliament. At such a time a host of economic and political reforms affecting the country’s future have been proposed in parliament. If one has a true love for one’s country, what must be done now is to extend one’s support to introduce these reforms and to point out any shortcomings.”

Wickremesinghe also said,“On Tuesday, the cabinet approved the 21st amendment to the constitution. The Supreme Court has now announced its determination on the proposals for the 21st amendment put forward by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya. The cabinet has agreed to the government’s proposal. We must now come to an agreement on the proposals put forward and present the final Draft Bill to Parliament. However, it is unfortunate that the process will be delayed due to the boycott of Parliament by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the National People’s Power Party.”

The Prime Minister also pointed out that he has requested former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to present a complete plan and report on the newly proposed parliamentary committee system and that Jayasuriya handed over his report on Monday.

 


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