The Defense Secretary, as if he has woken up suddenly from a bad dream, is making a big noise saying the 13th amendment should be amended but the JVP has been saying this since the Indo-Sri Lanka pact in 1987 as we saw the bad consequences of it even before it was adopted says the Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath.
Mr. Herath said this responding to a question raised by a journalist at a media conference held at the party head office at Pelawatta yesterday (17th).
Speaking further the Information Secretary of the JVP said, “They have seen a bad dream and are making a big noise regarding the 13th amendment. The Defense Secretary started shouting as if he had been woken up from a bad dream. The JVP saw the bad consequences of it even before Indio-Sri Lanka pact was to be adopted. We opposed it. The JVP opposed it then, opposes it now and will oppose it in the future as well. The 13th amendment is a white elephant. It cannot give any solution for the national question. What happened at the election for Eastern Provincial Council? The whole campaign was based on communalism. The 13th amendment was brought to solve issues in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. However, this aim was not fulfilled.
What has happened in the Eastern Province now? Five of the ministers in the provincial council are from Muslim community. One is a Sinhalese. Tamils do not have a minister. This issue is smoldering in the province. They expect Tamil representation in the Council. This amendment is not a solution for the national question. The JVP saw this and talked about it before these gentlemen who now ask it to be abolished as if they have just woken up from a bad dream.”