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Field Marshal tells Wiggy not to try to emulate Prabhakaran

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By Saman Indrajith

SJB Gampaha District MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka told TMTK MP C.V. Wigneswaran not to try to emulate Velupillai Prabhakaran by making racist statements because he was too old for that.

Participating in the debate on Vote on Account, Field Marshal Fonseka said:  “It was sad to observe MP Wigneswaran making a statement undermining other communities. MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, too, supported Wigneswaran’s views. I would like to tell both of them that we consider it as an insult to us by denigrating the motherland in this House and violating the honour of this august assembly. According to Wigneswaran the oldest language in this country is spoken by the Tamil people. That means according to him Sinhala people came to this country after the Tamil people. I would like to remind him that we would never bow our heads to anyone who attempts to undermine the Sinhala nation in this country and any such movement undermining the Sinhala nation would not last long. Wigneswaran must remember that there were people in the past, too, who tried to undermine the status of the Sinhalese.  Amirthalingam instigated Tamil youth against Sinhalese and finally he got a bullet from the very same Tamil youth. Then there was Prabhakaran, who thought that they could carve out a separate state in this country. You saw what happened to him. Unfortunately, Wigneswaran cannot be Prabhakaran because he is too old to emulate Prabhakaran.I am telling you to be happy with what you have and never try to undermine the Sinhalese of this country. If you try to do that you’ll face consequences and you’ll repent.”

Participating in the debate Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said: “There is a spree of media reports on controversial statements made by MPs CV Wingeswaran and Selvam Adaikkilanathan.  There is an enormous public displeasure against what they had said. There is no need to repeat those racist sentiments. It is sad to notice that MP Adaikkilanathan too made a statement conforming with what MP Wigneswaran said. I request them not to make such inflammatory statements which would pave the way for another communal conflict in this country. We have no need to see a war in this country again. The hope of this government and the President is to create an environment where Sinhala, Muslim, Tamil, Malay and other communities live as one nation and each citizen enjoys his or her citizenry rights irrespective of his or her communal identity. We have no hope of favouring any single community or to discriminate against any community. We know that you are making fiery speeches to rouse communal feelings among people in your electorates and to show off as the saviours of your community. But those statements would result in disharmony among communities at a time when these communities are working together.”

 

 

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EC member Hoole moves SC against 20A

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Petitions challenging 20A before five-judge bench of SC today 

By Chitra Weerarathne

Petitions filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, will be called before a five-judge bench today.

These petitions have said that people’s approval at a referendum as well as a two-thirds majority in Parliament will be needed to enact the Bill.

All the petitions have basically said that the Bill has a section, which says a dual citizen can contest to enter the Parliament of Sri Lanka and run for President threatened national security.

The petitions challenge the powers vested in the President. The President could sack the Prime Minister and the Ministers. Once the Bill becomes law, fundamental rights petitions could not be filed to challenge an act of the President, the petitions have pointed out.

The investigating powers of the Auditor General have been curtailed. The powers vested in the Elections Commission when an election is on is also limited, the petitioners have argued.

The petitions have requested the Supreme Court to declare that a two-thirds majority in Parliament and people’s approval at a referendum will be needed to enact the proposed amendment.

Among the petitioners are Elections Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya, Attorney-at-Law Indika Gallage, Mayantha Dissanayake, S. J. B. Member of Parliament for the Kandy District and also the President of the Youth League of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya.

The Supreme Court bench will comprise the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice S. Thurairajah and Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda.

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Senasinghe announces quitting politics

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By Akitha Perera

Former non-cabinet minister of the yahapalana government Sujeewa Senasinghe announced yesterday that he would quit politics. 

He had also stepped down as the SJB Deputy Secretary, Senasinghe said. 

Senasinghe said that he intended to focus on his business in the future and that he would commence work on his PhD from January 2021. 

He unsuccessfully contested the Aug 05 general election from the Colombo district on SJB ticket.

Senasinghe commenced his political career as a member of the Western Provincial Council of the UNP. He was elected to Parliament twice from the same party. 

He earned notoriety by publishing a book denying the bond scam ever took place.

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Pujith insists his hands were tied during crucial period 

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

He had been aware that the activities and preaching of Islamists would have an impact on reconciliation, but those in higher positions were convinced otherwise, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, yesterday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.

The ex-IGP said that although he too had received information about activities of Islamic extremists by late 2018, he had been barred from the National Security Council (NSC) by then.

“I couldn’t share the information I had and I didn’t know what was discussed there. I couldn’t even assign a senior officer to represent me there.”

Jayasundara added that after he had received, on April 09, a report from State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director Nilantha Jayawardena about a possible terrorist attack, he forwarded the report to SDIG of Western Province, Nandana Munasinghe, SDIG crimes and STF M.R. Latheef, DIG special protection range Priyalal Dasanayake and Director of the Terrorism Investigation Division, Waruna Jayasundara and spoke to them over the phone.

Jayasundara said that he had also phoned all SDIGs in charge of provinces. The witness added that he had wanted to ensure that there would not be a leak, causing unnecessary problems in society.

“For example, the letter I sent to the Special Protection Range (SPR) was leaked to the media after the attacks.”

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