The Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provincial Councils passed resolutions today in support of the government’s move to repeal 2 provisions of the 13th Amendment.
The new changes are supposed to prevent two or more provincial councils to be merged themselves into one administrative unit and enabling Parliament to make laws on subjects only with the approval from majority of the provincial councils instead of approval from all of them as set out in the present constitution.
A tense situation erupted in the Southern Provincial Council with regard to the second move.
7 PC members who represented the UPFA voted against this move. Ultimately the move was passed with 1 majority only. 22 PC members voted for the move while 21 voted against it.
SLFP PC member and Southern Provincial Council Agriculture Minister Bindu Weerasinghe who is among the voters against the move described his opposition to our news team.
However the Cabinet decided earlier only to repeal the provisions to prevent two or more PCs to merge together forming one administrative unit.
Here is how Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella described it during the media briefing to inform the Cabinet decisions held on the 13th of this month.
Our news team contacted another SLFP Minister Reginald Coorey to comment on this matter.
However Southern Provincial Council Chief Minister Shan Wijelal said that he presented the resolution with the support of his party.
Meanwhile leftwing party Southern PC member Baddegama Samitha Thera said that the resolutions passed by the two PCs cannot be accepted.
Therefore Baddegama Samitha Thera as well as other 3 Communist party members opposed the resolution brought in the meeting today.
Contrast to this developments, the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councilors including the members of the Socialist and Communist Parties voted for the resolution.
Democratic Left Front member of the Sabaragamuwa PC Naminda Anurapriya described his opinion to our news team.
Our news team enquired Communist Party Leader and Senior Minister Tissa Witharana of the reason for his party members of the two different PC Councils to act contradictorily.
The two moves by the government to make changes to the 13th Amendment is to be presented to North Western Provincial Council tomorrow.
However the UNP stated that the government has still no firm stance about the future action towards the 13th Amendment.
During a media briefing held in Colombo today, UNP General Secretary MP Tissa Attanayake had this to say.