Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa said that the President expects to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the police and the land powers of the 13th Amendment.
Addressing a press conference this afternoon, Minister Weerawansa said that the President had instructed the Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva to set up Parliament Select Committee.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa explaining the matters discussed at the meeting yesterday had this to say.
Although Minister Weerawansa introduced the changes to the 13th Amendment is a victory, Left Wing parties including the Sri Lankan Communist Party which are partial towards Provincial Council System stated that the proposed changes would not do any harm to the existing system.
Speaking on behalf of the government left winged coalitions; Deputy Chief Secretary of the Communist Party S. Sudasinghe had this to say.
Meanwhile JHU Media Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that a top discussion is currently going on to take a final decision on the matters confirmed during yesterday’s government party meeting.
Minister Douglas Devananda representing EPDP said that a firm decision was taken during the yesterday;s meeting to set up a Parliament Select Committee intending to solve the national problem.
He also said that it is immaterial whether the TNA agrees to setting up of the parliament select committee.
However opposition parties who hold opinions, for the 13th Amendment and against it have differences of opinion on the government new decision.
TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that his party is against the government decision that tries to curb the powers of the Provincial Councils.
JVP Propaganda Secretary Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that his party is against only changing the clauses of the 13th Amendment.
UNP Parliamentarian Ajith P Perera said though his party has not taken a decision yet over the matter, it is clear that there is a dispute in this regard.