Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today called on President Maithripala Sirisena to use his executive powers and convene parliament to debate the reports of the two Presidential commissions before February 7.
“We are not concerned about President’s thug talks. He could use his executive power to convene the Parliament… We propose to the President to convene the Parliament without making bogus challenges,” the Information Secretary of the JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week announced that the Parliament will be convened on February 8 after the elections campaign activities end on the 7th to debate the two reports of the Presidential Commissions on the Central Bank bond issue and investigation of Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC)
Speaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP yesterday (29th), MP Herath said the people should be made aware of the findings in the reports and there will not be enough time for these matters to go to the people before the election if the debate is held during the ‘silent period’ on the 8th and the 9th.
He pointed out that the reports of the two commissions were presented in the parliament on 23 January and the JVP asked for a debate before 10th February. However, the government has refused to hold a debate before the election date. After the President challenged to have the debate on the bond report before the 10th, the government has set 8th and 9th to debate the two reports.
The JVP MP noted that the Election Commission Chairman has said that if the debate is held on those two days the election will have to be postponed since publishing the reports on the debate by the media would have an impact on the election.
MP Herath stressed that the debate should be held before the 7th so that people could know what’s in the reports.
Speaking of the report of the Presidential Commission to Inquire and Investigate into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption (PRECIFAC), which includes reports of 34 incidents of fraud and corruption during the previous regime, the JVP senior said an immediate inquiry should be carried out on the cases.
“These 34 reports should not be allowed to be covered up by the bond commission report. There are also many investigations carried out by the FCID and the Bribery Commission. These inquiries too should be completed. However, all inquiries have been halted,” he said.
Commenting on the President Sirisena’s call for the 52 opposition MPs to join him to form a SLFP government, the JVP lawmaker said the President talks about forming a government with rogues and this process of thieves getting together to form government should be changed.
“While shouting that those in the joint opposition are rogues he talks about forming a government with them. Those who should be punished are invited to form a government. Even today he has formed a government with rogues and he invites rogues to form another government. This President’s thug talk is only during an election. This process of thieves getting together to form government should be changed. Both these gangs of robbers should be defeated at once at the forthcoming election. The responsibility of doing it is with the people, JVP MP Vijitha Hearth said.