Sajith hits back at critics, calls for Rajapaksas to step down from political scene – The Island
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa MP said yesterday (01) that the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution, aimed at protecting the Rajapaksas, had received support from those who could not get the power through the ballot.
MP Premadasa, who is also the Leader of the Opposition, said the 21st Amendment in its current form was not acceptable as it did not meet the aspirations of the public, demanding real system change.
The SJB leader said so in response to accusations by UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara that Premadasa was protecting the Rajapaksas.
MP Premadasa said that despite Mahinda Rajapaksa stepping down as prime minister following the May 9 chaos, the overall goals of the ongoing ‘Go Gota Home’ campaign have remained the same. The vast majority of people demanded the withdrawal of the Rajapaksas from the political scene.
Stating that the SJB would in no way support the 21st Amendment, in its current form, MP Premadasa reiterated his commitment to what he called a proposed draft 21st Amendment, submitted by SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara , in Parliament, as a private member’s motion.
Calling the proposal of the SJB 19 plus, their aim was to ensure an end to the dictatorial rule of Rajapaksa. Acknowledging that the SJB’s proposal required 2/3 parliamentary approval, in addition to a referendum on some provisions, lawmaker Premadasa asked if parliament could guarantee a majority for the required sections.
“Let’s move forward with the first part of the SJB proposal. Get it approved by parliament and then look at the section that needs approval in a referendum,” MP Premadasa said, demanding that the Rajapaksas and their cronies stop causing further damage.
Commenting on the continuing economic, political and social crisis and the possibility of further deterioration, the former UNP deputy leader said the executive should be held accountable for the situation, caused by a series of bad decisions and a totally irresponsible and unilateral decision-making process. from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, MP Premadasa said.
The SJB leader said the SLPP should realize that it could not reverse the situation. The recent shocking revelations before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) during the appearance of the senior management of the CBSL and the Ministry of Finance confirmed the origins of the financial crisis, the head of the SJB said.