Views on 20th amendment expressed by various factions
Different views were expressed on the 20th Amendment as well as dissolving of parliament during several media conferences held in Colombo today.
Former Minister S.M. Chandrasena at Narahenpita Abhayaramaya stated that certain groups are attempting to avoid the 20th Amendment.
At the same media conference, former minister Bandula Gunawardana said that he knew nothing about the 20th Amendment.
Meanwhile, Nava Sama Samaja Party Leader Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathna stated that parliament should be dissolved immediately as it cannot secure sufficient support to pass the 20th Amendment.
At another media conference held at the Information Department, Deputy Media Minister Shantha Bandara said the parliament would have to be dissolved if a new electoral system cannot be compromised by all.
Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senarathna also commented on the 20th amendment during the media conference to inform Cabinet decisions held today, adding that everyone agreed to support the 19th amendment, as it annulled the power of Executive Presidency.
However, in this case, they are hesitating as it affects their individual power, and hence they are tallying how much will be gained or lost.
He also stated that President also hold a strong stance that it should be implemented.
Meanwhile, speaking during a media briefing held at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake stated that the 20th Amendment should not be passed by adding pressure on the minority parties.