Constitution of Sri Lanka:
No piecemeal changes
The Government will not go for piecemeal tinkering with the
Constitution but overhaul it with a two third majority secured at a
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena addressing a media briefing
at his Ministry, said.
The government will give effect to whatever changes necessary,
including constitutional changes as well after the Presidential election
which will be won with a landslide majority, he said. We are ready to
face any election as the government is readily assured of a comfortable
The Minister stressed that the JVP has no right to talk about an
agreement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa since they have observed it
in the breach and withdrew support to the Government.
Referring to the Malabe IT student’s abduction and assault and
Angulana double murder incidents, the Media Minister assured that the
government has taken all the necessary steps to meet out justice to the
aggrieved parties. President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for a further
report on these incidents from the IGP yesterday.
All suspects will be arrested and produced in Courts to be dealt with
according to the law of the land, he said.
The Media Minister said that 18 UNP Local Government and Provincial
Council members will join the UPFA before the Southern Provincial
Two members of the Akurassa Pradeshiya Sabha namely D.S. Deepal and
Nnanda Nanayakkara who had crossed over to the UPFA also addressed the
They said that they joined the UPFA because of the great services
rendered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in eliminating terrorism and
consolidating peace throughout the country.
Minister Abeywardana observed that the JVP is facing severe problems
over nominating of a candidate to the presidential election after
receiving humiliating defeats at the Provincial Council elections.
“Since the JVP is facing many problems and knowing that the
Government will get a landslide victory at the general election is
trying to put the blame on the Government with various allegations”, he
The UNP’s call to appoint an Independent Election Commission is
meaningless without the party changing its manifesto and campaign
strategies to win the hearts of the people and their votes.
”Former President J.R. Jayewardene obtained 5/6 majority while former
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga obtained over 60 percent of
electorate. To gain these landslide victories, they did not appoint an
IEC”, the Minister said.