A few individuals who want to live under a slave owner and serve under him are protesting against abolishing the executive presidency and they are weaklings who don’t have the strength to stand independently but make their existence by clinging on to a dominant character says the Information Secretary of the JVP Comrade Vijitha Herath MP.
Comrade Vijitha Herath said this at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP today (7th) to correct the erroneous statements that are being made by various parties regarding the 20th amendment to the Constitution presented to parliament by the JVP as a private member’s motion.
Comrade Vijitha Herath emphasized that not only lawyers attached to the JVP but many lawyers who are not connected with the JVP assisted in compiling the draft of the 20th amendment.
He said a group of Buddhist priests opposed the draft even before it was presented but at the moment the JVP is having a dialogue with those priests so that they would be able to know the exact purpose of presenting such an amendment.
The Information Secretary of the JVP pointed out that the JVP opposed the executive presidency from its inception in 1978 and in addition to the JVP several other political parties opposed the executive presidential system. He said the presidents who were elected in the country promised to abolish executive presidency.
Comrade Herath pointed out that Parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapaksa who opposes abolishing executive presidency now presented a private member’s bill in 2005 to abolish executive presidency.
Despite groups favouring executive presidential system argue that abolishing executive presidency would be a harm to the sovereignty of the country, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa presenting ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ had stated that “The agreement that betrayed the country was signed using executive presidency”. As such, it is the executive presidency that has harmed sovereignty of the country added Comrade Herath.
The Member of the Central Committee of the JVP Attorney at Law Comrade Sunil Watagala was also present.