The JVP is organizing a rally under the theme ‘People’s Rally to defeat dictatorial fury & win democracy’.
The protest rally will be held at Maharagama town on the 21st at 3.30 p.m.
The Parliament reconvened at 1.00 p.m. today (19th) lasted only 7 minutes as the Deputy Speaker who conducted the proceedings put off the next sessions until the 23rd of this month.
The proceedings today were comparatively peaceful say, reporters.
According to Parliamentary sources the public gallery in the Parliament would, not be opened for the public today (19th).
It is reported that the decision to bar the gallery for the public has been taken as the people in the gallery too behaved in an unruly manner on the 16th when government Parliamentarians created chaos without allowing the Speaker to conduct the affairs of the Parliament on the 16th.
The Parliament is scheduled to meet today at 1.30 p.m.
The current mayhem in Parliament surfaced as a result of President Sirisena casting away democracy and illegally appointing Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and a new cabinet on the 26th of October.
Writers have informed President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately mediate to solve the political crisis that has surfaced in the country.
A group of renowned writers speaking at a press conference held by ‘Writers for a Righteous Society’ at Sudarshi Hall in Colombo yesterday (18th) said the President should mediate to settle the political crisis situation that has been created in the country.
Renowned Writer Jayatilleke Kammalaweera said they are not concerned whether Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe or Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa is appointed the Prime Minister but their wish is that democracy should be established and to find a solution for the present political crisis.
Renowned Artists Jayatilleke Kammalaweera, Anthony Jeewa, Keerthy Welisarage, Kamal Perera, Vipuli Niroshani Hettiarachchi, Anurasiri Hettige and Wimalasiri Lekamnamage were present.
The present political crisis surfaced as a result of President Sirisena casting away democracy and appointing Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and a new cabinet on the 26th of October.
A press conference was held today (18th) by the ‘University academics for Social Equity’ to make the citizens aware of how they should act to defend democracy amidst the prevailing political crisis in the country.
Addressing the press Conference Dr Athula Samarakone said with the decision taken by the President on the 26th of last month the country has confronted with a massive political crisis and the politician, the journalist and the citizen have been entrusted with a massive task at the moment he added.
Dr Harini Amarasuriya addressing the media said a majority of the people rallied in 2015 to change then existing corrupt political culture and they should again rally against the breaking down of democracy that is being carried out at present. She further said people, instead of becoming mere spectators of undemocratic political culture, should become participants who would change it.
Dr Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri addressing the media said when considering the democratic aspirations of the masses what is needed today is to be stable and oppose the unethical, arbitrary and despotic moves by the President within Parliamentary process. He also said Mr Maithripala Sirisena who came to power at the Presidential election in 2015 promising to protect democracy has no moral right to commit arbitrary acts he is involved in at present.
Several intellectuals including Dr Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Prof. Priyani Dias, Dr Dileepa Vitharana, Dr Sriyantha Fernando, Dr Mahim Mendis, Lecturer Supun Dissanayaka, Dr Harini Amarasuriya, Senior Lecturer Chinthaka Ranasinghe, Prof. Chandana Abeyaratna, Dr Anura Karunatilleke and Dr Athula Samarakone were present.
It is reported that President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the IGP to remove Inspector of Police Nishantha Silva of the CID who conducted several investigations in connection with serious crimes committed during Mahinda Rajapaksa from the section the relevant investigation are being carried out and to transfer him to another section.
It was this officer who carried out investigations into several serious crimes including the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga, abduction of Keith Noyahr, abducting and murdering 11 youths including school children by SL Navy personnel to collect a ransom, assaulting journalists Upali Tennekoon and Namal Perera.
It was IP Nishantha Silva of the CID who reported to Colombo Fort Magistrate that Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces should be arrested for aiding and abetting one of the main suspects of the case being heard regarding the murder of 11 youths to flee the country.
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 Anura Dissanayaka has been sent to the President stating they 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.
The Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka also held a press conference at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today 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.
The order by the Supreme Court staying the gazette issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament indicates the harm of the position of the executive presidency said the National Organization of the JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayaka immediately after the stay order was issued by the three-panel judges of the Supreme Court yesterday (13th) evening.
The issue indicates the harm that could be caused to the society due to the powers of the executive presidency and the position of the executive presidency should be abolished pointed out the JVP Parliamentarian.
He said the struggle to win democracy would not end with the order of the SC and added that people should rally with progressive and democratic forces to win genuine democracy.
Mr Rathnayaka said the Parliament has been convened on the 14th constitutionally and all MPs of his party would participate.
The 29th commemoration of November Heroes was held by the JVP at Viharamahadevi Indoor Stadium yesterday (13th) evening with the participation of party leaders and a large number of party members.
The Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka and its General Secretary Tilvin Silva addressed the gathering.
A cultural show was held at the end of the rally.
The gazette notification suddenly issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve government has been stayed. The Supreme Court yesterday (13th) issued an interim order staying the proclamation issued by President Sirisena till 7th December.
Thirteen petitions by political parties, civil organizations, individuals including an Election Commissioner had been filed in the Supreme Court against the gazette issued by President Sirisena. The three-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Prasanna Jayawardene and Priyantha Jayawardene declared the decision yesterday evening.
The petitions will be heard on 4th, 5th and 7th of December. Until then all elections matters have been stopped.