The JVP did not attend the All Party meeting invited by President Maithripala Sirisena held at the Presidential Secretariat today (18th) evening. A letter with the signature of the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka was sent to the President stating the party would not attend the meeting as the President himself was the creator and the instigator of the current political crisis.
The letter quotes five instances which contributed to the political crisis and all of them had been created by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Comrade Anura Dissanayaka also held a press conference at the head office of the JVP today (18th) to explain why the party did not attend President Sirisena’s ‘all Party’ meeting.
This is a translation of the letter sent to the President:
Sri Lanka Democratic Socialist Republic,
Regarding the invitation extended to us to attend the special discussion on the current situation in Parliament
A letter sent by your Secretary on 17.11.2018 has invited us for a discussion with you. However, we believe your attention should be drawn to the following matters before we accept the invitation.
The intention of the discussion is the current situation in Parliament. However, our belief is that the current situation in Parliament is a reflection of the instability that has surfaced in the country as a result of the process you manipulated for your personal conspiratorial political interest. Currently, an aggravating anarchic and precarious situation has surfaced in the country. It is the first time in the seventy years of politics in Sri Lanka that such instability has continued for such a long time. This has not occurred as a spontaneous occurrence but has surfaced due to five main occurrences.
01. Appointing conspiratorially a Parliamentarian who did not have a majority in Parliament on 26th October and ludicrously appointing cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers at various times.
02. Proroguing Parliament to prevent the exposure of unavailability of a majority
03. Mediating in the ignominious act of buying Parliamentarians which is an attempt to make sovereignty of the people stand on its head
04. Dissolving Parliament once the ‘bidding’ process failed
05. Even after two no-confidence motions against the conspiratorially appointed prime minister and the government were formally adopted, you, instead of taking measures accordingly, waste time for your own conspiratorial political interest.
Your leading contribution in these five instances has been exposed to the masses explicitly.
At the time the gazette you issued dissolving parliament has been challenged in Supreme Court and an interim order has been issued temporarily staying the gazette. Accordingly, the parliament was convened on three occasions after prorogation. On 14th November 2018, the day Parliament was convened, the no-confidence motion presented by us against the government you illegally formed was adopted in Parliament with 122 Members of Parliament voting for it. This has been confirmed by the petition with 122 signatures of MPs handed to the Speaker.
The no-confidence motion presented after a motion by a majority of Members to halt standing orders (Standing Orders 135) was adopted votes taken by voices according to the authority of the Speaker (Standing order s 48). You are fully aware that this decision had to be taken as the attempt made by the Speaker to take the vote by counting could not be done due to the obstruction of the group of MPs in the so-called government who knew they would be definitely defeated if a count of heads was taken. This state of affairs was repeated on the 16th as well. You are fully aware that your group of MPs acted in an insane manner in parliament refusing to accept defeat and preventing the vote by counting.
We believe that refusing to accept the formerly adopted no-confidence motion that rejects the appointment of the nominal premiership and coming out with various types of cheap excuses are not appropriate for a President of a country. Also, it is you and your arbitrary conduct that is totally responsible for the loathful and disgusting conflict situation that occurred repeatedly for three days in parliament, where people’s sovereignty is said to be represented.
Accordingly, you are the architect of the anarchy and instability the country is subjected to at present. It could be corrected only by you. We do not believe a solution could be reached by having a mere discussion with you. As a responsible political party that represents parliament, we have already mediated to the maximum in this issue. What is left now is for you to act. We expect that you have enough self-confidence left to take this step.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna