Opposition to block contentious amendments of Merge of N & E
SLFP lead opposition parties has decided to defeat controversial proposals to amend the Constitution such as the proposal to merge the North and East, which pose a threat to unity and national security and lead to Federalism and separatism.
Spokesman of the opposition added that any proposal that threatened national security and unity in the country will be blocked in Parliament and President Maithripala Sirisena has serious concerns about this.
“Although the TNA has plans for Constitutional amendments, no Draft Bill has been presented to Parliament so far and the UPFA has not held any discussions regarding this,” UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera stated in an opposition statement.
He added that the UPFA has paid serious attention to the statements made by racist politicians, whose goal is to set up a Federal State through Constitutional amendments.
Mean while unconfirmed sources reported that the draft of a new constitution would be submitted to the Constitutional Council next week. The draft, largely Federal favour has been incorporated with the suggestions and recommendations put forward by NGO backed constitutional experts.
Pro-Federal Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe headed a committee that was tasked with formulating a new constitution. The committee has concluded entertaining suggestions and recommendations from so called pro-federal NGO paid experts which included are the abolition of the executive presidency, giving more powers to parliament, reorganizing provincial councils and empowering local government bodies