Aug 02, 2019

Ajith P. Perera takes on contract to prevent coalition power? Featured

The draft constitution for the proposed new alliance between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP and the other parties joining the coalition protecting their honour and on how they could participate in governance, has been opposed by Non-Cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera, it is reported.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Perera had submitted several proposals and requested that the draft constitution for the proposed alliance be amended.

It is said that there are eight proposals in the letter.

The first proposal was that the Secretary of the proposed alliance should definitely be appointed from the UNP.

The letter also specifies that the registered office of the party should be Sirikotha and that it was not suitable for it to be the private property of an MP from a smaller party.

Ajith P. Perera has notified the Prime Minister in his letter that if there are 10 members in the proposed leadership board, then six of them should be from the UNP. He stated that who these members are should be decided by the Working Committee.

He had requested the Prime Minister not to sign the proposed MoU for the setting up of the new coalition until the proposed constitution is amended and approved by the working committee.

AjithP letter

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The minister is taking great pains to promote his stand over social media, but it has not received favourable response.

Several posts against Ajith P. Perera is shown below.

Sajith’s contradicting stand is confusing!

Meanwhile, Sajith Premadasa who joined the coalition party leaders meeting had agreed to the coalition secretary appointment and other matters, he had opposed it at the working committee meeting yesterday (01) which has come under criticism.

The previous party leaders meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa, Kabir Hashim, Malik nSamarawickrama, Ravi Karunanayake, Navin Dissanayake and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam representing the UNP, while Rajitha, Hakeem, Rishad, Mano Ganesan, Digambaram and Jasyampathy represented the other parties.

At this meeting it was decided to grant the leadership of the party to the UNP and grant the leadership veto power and appoint a member of one of the other coalition parties to the post of secretary. Accordingly, Sajith Premadasa, Malik Samarawickrama, Kabir Hashim and group agreed without opposing it.

The coalition constitution was drafted thereafter.

At this party leaders meeting, Jayampathy Wickramaratne who represents the left parties had said that after the SLFP breakaway group signs the MoU, his party would sign it. However, he had pledged the support of his party in matters connected to the drafting of the constitution and other matters.

Accordingly, the United National Front (UNF) and several political parties will sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to enter into a new alliance on the 5th of August and in order to obtain the official consent of the UNP the working committee met yesterday.

Sajith only had 08

Having agreed at the party leaders meeting, Sajith Premadasa and group demanded for the secretary post of the coalition at yesterday’s working committee meeting.

Therefore, a vote was taken and only 08 members supported Sajith, while 35 voted against him. 

Just like on previous occasions, Sajith refrained from voting at the last moment.
However, party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe suggested that instead of taking a divided decision, the proposals of the Sajith faction would also be taken into consideration and after revising the constitution a unanimous decision would be taken.

Accordingly, a decision was not taken at yesterday’s meeting and the group had agreed to take a decision prior to August 05th.

Therefore, the coalition agreement is scheduled to be signed on August 5th.