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මර ගැටුමකින් කොටි පරදා දිනා ගත් සාම්පූර් යහපාලනයෙන් නොමිලේම කොටින්ට…!

එය ඉකුත් යුද සමය විය. එල්ටීටීඊ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදයට එරෙහි නැගෙනහිරින් ආරම්භ වූ සටන ඒ වන විට පැවතියේ දිනෙන් දින ඉතා දරුණු තත්ත්වයට පත් වෙමිනි. මේ අතරේ මේ බිම යක්‍ෂයාගෙන් මුදා ගත් අපේ රණවිරුවෝ හරියටම පසුගිය 2006 වසරේ අගොස්‌තු මස 28 වැනිදා අලුයම 4.00 පසුවී මිනිත්තු කිහිපයක්‌ ගෙවී යමින් තිබියදී සතුරාට එරෙහි තවත් එක්‌ සුවිශේෂී මෙහෙයුමක්‌ ආරම්භ කරනු ලැබූහ.

ත්‍රිකුණාමලය මුතූර්, කට්‌ටපරිච්චාන් සීමාව එකී මෙහෙයුමේ ආරම්භක ස්‌ථානය විය . ඒ වන විට එල්ටීටීඊ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන්ගේ ත්‍රිකුණාමලය සන්නද්ධ හා දේශපාලන මූලස්‌ථානය වශයෙන් පැවති සාම්පූර් කොටි කඳවුරට පහරදීම එකී මෙහෙයුමේදී රණවිරුවන්ගේ ඉලක්‌කය වී තිබිණ.


13A After 19A & Wigneswaran Vs. Wickremesinghe

What is the future of the 13th amendment if the 19th amendment is passed into law?

The 13th amendment was possible only because of the executive presidency. The system of provincial councils which was mooted by the Donoughmore Commission was never implemented under the Westminster model.

Every time anything came even close, it was rolled back or shut down. That was because of the ethnic outbidding which the first-past the post electoral system and the Westminster model were prone to in a society with the cultural configuration and ethno religious dynamics that we had.

It took the stable overarching framework of the Presidential system to make it sufficiently safe to experiment with an intermediate tier of devolved power and large units.


Let’s dissect the ‘Mahinda-Resurgence’

It’s an inauspicious number.  That’s ‘13’.  The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week.  It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP).  

First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this kind of ordinance amounts to a no-confidence motion.  Tradition, thankfully for Ranil and the UNP, is (conveniently) not the strongest suit of our Parliamentarians.  Fortunately too, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), headless (in Parliament), is so confused that it doesn’t know if it is in the Government or the Opposition.  It was left for Dinesh Gunawardena to make the point. Tellingly, the SLFP, the party with the numbers in Parliament, didn’t pick it up.  The ‘loss’ however will not go unnoticed. 


Promoting genuine reforms to broadbase power Not just transfer it

Productive day in Parliament, with the first reading of two amendments to the Constitution that I had proposed, seconded by Upeksha Swarnamali. The 24th, which is the more important I think, is about making Secretaries to Ministries Permanent, and restoring their appointment to the Public Service Commission. I hope that all those who are keen on independent commissions will accept that these will have no teeth if the most important appointments in the Public Service are left in the hands of the Executive.

The other amendment, the 23rd, is to fulfil the pledge in the Presidential manifesto to introduce an electoral system that ensures individual representation for constituencies but makes the whole of Parliament proportionate to the will of the people. I cannot understand why we are making such a meal of this particular reform, since the text as gazetted indicates how simple it is to ensure this. The only question is the number of constituencies, and since the election Commissioner said that 125 would be hard to define, I have suggested that the first election under this system could be for 150 constituencies. He said that reducing the current number to this would not take him more than three months.