POINT OF VIEW
On interpreting a Bill :
AMENDMENT or NATIONAL POLICY?
It is reported that the government has plans to
introduce two revisions to existing provisions of the Constitution.
Both relate to the 13th Amendment. The first relates to the merger
of “two or three adjoining Provinces to form one administrative
unit” - as in Article 154A (3). The second relates to provisions of
Article 154G (2) and (3) where a special Parliamentary majority of
2/3 is required if “one or more Councils do not agree” to a Bill.
In defence of Gotabhaya’s roadmap
Let me begin by thanking Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka
for the lively encounters on the current critical issue of Indian
interventions, particularly through the 13th Amendment, and
concluding it on a cordial note, despite the occasional sparks that
flew in the cut and thrust of our responses. As he said earlier, it
is useful to engage in polemical debates to tease out and clarify
issues while defending our respective positions.