Constitutional reforms during President’s third term – Speaker

posted on: 23-12-2014

Daily News – 23.12.2014

Mahinda P. Liyanage – Galle Daily News Correspondent

Chamal Rajapaksa-smallDuring his third term, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will give foremost priority to constitutional reforms for which the entire Parliament would be transformed into a constitutional council aimed at formulating and introducing a new Sri Lankan model constitution shunning all detrimental features and provisions in the existing constitution, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said.

He was making the keynote address at the Lanka Samasamaja Party’s 79th anniversary forum held on Sunday in Galle.

A future constitution would be devoid of all destructive features such as preferential voting and the authoritarian provisions of the present constitution and they would be replaced with new laws aimed at fulfilling the nation’s aspirations. In devising a new constitution, the ideas and aspirations of all sections of the community would be considered. Not only politicians or political parties the government would consult various academics, intellectuals, professionals and experts in various fields and create a national dialogue on the anticipated constitutional reform process, he further stated.

The Opposition Common Presidential Candidate who pledges constitutional reforms before the country, never talked or raised such matters regarding the constitution or the Executive Presidency when he was in the government. He could have launched an effective struggle within the party when he was the then General Secretary, a powerful office. Without making a struggle over any national issue while holding a prominent ministerial portfolio and a high office in the party he left the government solely on a personal agenda, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa commented. Recalling his past memories as a school boy at Galle Richmond College he recalled how he accompanied by his friends participated at political meeting held at Galle Town Hall which were addressed by veteran leftist leaders such as Dr. N. M. Perera and Dr. Colvin R. de Silva and the like.

I still remember the radical delight and feel the rebellious enthusiasm we in red shirts enjoyed in taking part in left rallies led by such great leaders who fought courageously against Western imperialism.

The leftist leaders initially exhibited their political gallantry by mobilizing the country against the so-called Poppy Flower movement aimed at the welfare of imperialist soldiers by introducing and promoting the much-admired Sooriyamal national movement.

The leftist leaders were always policy minded and devoted to their socialist or communist ideologies. They never engaged in destructive political campaigns.

However, it is regrettable to note that most of the left leaders of the present generation engage in destructive political struggles which has brought no benefit to the country.

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