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2019 prez poll in Lanka won’t end political turmoil - Communist Party

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Communist Party General Secretary says the upcoming presidential election would not restore stability, in light of the unprecedented political crisis the country is experiencing.

The country was in such a deep political crisis that the forthcoming 2019 presidential election wouldn’t restore stability, General Secretary of the Communist Party Dew Gunasekara said on Wednesday (10).

Former Minister Gunasekara warned of dire consequences unless political parties represented in parliament took remedial measures urgently.

Gunasekara said that he hoped that the national leadership would adopt a novel approach to tackling national issues.

The CP General Secretary in his brief remarks at the ‘Salutation on completion of 60 years of DEW Politics’ at the BMICH alleged that the parliament was in an unprecedented turmoil. Alleging that those in parliament were wholly incapable of addressing contentious, the former lawmaker also pointed out as to how the continuing battle between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil contributed to the current crisis.

Participation of a substantial number of lawmakers in the felicitation event, too, contributed to the suspension of parliamentary sittings for lack of quorum. A debate on a No Confidence Motion (NCM) moved by the JVP against the government over its failure to thwart or minimize losses caused by the Easter Sunday attacks was suspended for want of quorum.

Gunasekara alleged that those exercising political authority seemed totally blind to critical external factors inimical to Sri Lanka. The veteran Communist said that Sri Lanka couldn’t ignore global crisis such as displacement of millions of people the world over.

Gunasekara having represented the parliament during 1986-1989 period after a lapse of fifteen years returned to the House in 2004 on the UPFA ticket. Gunasekara served the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration as a minister till January 2015. Subsequently, Gunasekara served as a member of the parliament till the dissolution of parliament in June 2015 to pave the way for parliamentary polls in Aug 2015.

Gunasekara said that representatives of different political were invited for the event.

Former Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar delivered the key note address. Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena addressed the gathering.

President Maithripala Sirisena, in a special message to the ‘Salutation on completion of 60 years of DEW Politics’ said that the CPSL General Secretary should have been in parliament. The President stressed the importance of lawmakers in the caliber of Dew Gunasekara being in parliament.

Following the August 2015 parliamentary poll, the UPFA chose defeated candidates at the expense of those named in its National List. Gunasekara was left out of the National List members appointed by President Sirisena, who is also the leader of the SLFP.

Gunasekara alleged that all political parties represented in parliament were in turmoil due to continuing leadership struggles. The outspoken CPSL leader said that the crisis in political parties and the parliament was reflected in the deterioration of every sector.

Commenting on the Northern and Eastern Provinces, Gunasekara explained as to how a spate of political assassinations during the conflict eliminated Tamil politicians. He said that only R. Sampanthan remained out of Tamil speaking politicians while the East remained orphaned since the unfortunate death of SLMC leader M.H.M. Ashraff.

Ashraff was killed on Sept 16, 2000 when SLAF Mi 17 carrying him crashed at Urakanda, close to Bible Rock facing Kadugannawa. Fourteen others perished with the founding leader of the SLMC.

Gunasekara also examined as to how the assassinations of UNP greats, Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake caused irreparable damage.

He recalled as to how JVP hit squads killed as many as 50 of his colleagues in the wake of the CPSL backing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution introduced in accordance with the Indo-Lanka peace accord signed in July 1987.

President Sirisena, too, in his special message appreciated the CPSL backing the 13thAmendment at that time regardless of the controversy.

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