19 September, 2018

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JHU Will Oppose 20th Amendment: JHU National Organizer

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), a constituent of the United National Front for Good Governance led by the United National Party (UNP) will not support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution tabled by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the party’s National Organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe told Colombo Telegraph.

Champika, the JHU leader

The 20th Amendment seeks to abolish the Executive Presidency.

Warnasinghe said that the powers of the executive president were considerably reduced through the 19th Amendment and that since the presidency is now linked with the Parliament and Cabinet, no further amendment was necessary.

‘It is important to note that the JVP did not support Maithripala Sirisena’s presidential bid and did not received a mandate from the majority of the voters to abolish the Executive Presidency,’ Warnasinghe said.

He added that Sirisena’s manifesto clearly stated the intention to obtain a greater degree of democracy by reforming the office of the president, especially by doing away with certain arbitrary powers.

‘This was done through the 19th Amendment,’ he said.

‘We take serious note of the fact that those who advocate the abolishing of the executive presidency are silent on the 13th Amendment, a piece of legislation that makes the executive presidency a must.’

As of now the UNP has not officially stated its position on the 20th Amendment. Neither has the Sri Lanka Freedom Party or the Joint Opposition.

Warnasinghe said that there are certain people who want the executive presidency abolished for the sole reason that they are not confident of winning a presidential election.

‘We believe that it is fundamentally wrong to abolish the executive presidency or to enact legislation simply because one cannot win an election or because existing systems are obstacles to political advancement,’ he said.

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  • 21
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    Well done. Very good. At least on this topic, JHU is on the common line of thinking of the majority.

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      Champa, If the thinking of the majority is benefiting all of us why is our country in such dire straits?

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        This is about abolishing the Executive Presidency.
        But, have patience until the next Presidential Election which is to be held at the end of 2019 to see all right thinking, like-minded people rallying under one flag, irrespective of party politics.

        • 1
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          You have not answered my question, have you!

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            Unreal,
            Having the Executive Presidency is the only thing that saved the country from terrorism. If not, it would have been coalition politics as usual, horsetrading and making deals to stay in power. The eventuality would have been you and I having to get an entry visa to visit parts of our own country.

            • 3
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              Rajiv ,

              “Having the Executive Presidency is the only thing that saved the country from terrorism. “

              Having the Executive Presidency is also the only thing that accelerated the country from separatism to terrorism.

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                Amarasiri
                On the contrary, even today the Executive Presidency is what protects the unitary status of the country.
                Executive Presidency should remain as it is, as long as separatist minorities and the politicians paid by NGOs live in Sri Lanka.

        • 2
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          Champa What flag.These fellows will never abolish the Executive presidency.There is no open sesame to rob without the EP.

      • 9
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        unreal
        majority are simple thinkers.When they do some deep thinking they get a splitting headache and search for panadol.At one time they tried to do some deep thinking whether rice can be got from the moon or not and gave up due to headache.

    • 15
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      Champa the practitioner of ……………………………..

      “At least on this topic, JHU is on the common line of thinking of the majority.”

      Come on when did a politician ever think in line with the majority? He or she always ask himself/herself what is in it for me if I join this party or that party.
      Let me know the estimated damage to the country if JHU refuses to support any of the coalitions.

      Don’t you know Champika is also a public racist and part of the noisy minority who makes use of every opportunity to destroy this country by being a selfish bigoted moron.

      • 10
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        Keyboard Vedda
        I don’t care about their other blunders. This is not an election where party matters. This is about the future of our motherland.
        Anura’s 20A should be titled as “The Road to Anarchy.”
        Therefore, for me, every vote against 20A matters.
        As usual Wimal has already delivered the opening salvo against 20A!

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          Champa the practitioner of ……………………………..

          “Anura’s 20A should be titled as “The Road to Anarchy.””

          If you think it is going to be the “Road to Anarchy” what do you think what we had in the last 40 years since 1978, a Switzerland in South Asia?

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          Champa

          “As usual Wimal has already delivered the opening salvo against 20A!”

          But it was Wimal who those days championed the cause for abolition of the executive Presidency!

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            Shrikharan
            Totally wrong. Wimal is someone who never supported abolishing Executive Presidency. He said there is an attempt to weaken the apex by enlarging the perimeter. He has been consistent on his principles.

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          Champa,

          “Anura’s 20A should be titled as “The Road to Anarchy.”

          The seeds to real to anarchy started in 1948 with the election of racist parties, who blocked the egalitarian socialist parties coming to power, in the Land of native Veddha Aethho, with a mean IQ of 79. Now the so-called socialists have become Para-racists to stay in power. JVP is the only socialist party left with some idea of justice and egalitarianism.

      • 1
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        NATIVE VEDDA: You are just human Thrash. Do you know why ?

        • 2
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          Jim softy the dimwit

          Thrash

          Beat a person or animal repeatedly and violently with a stick or whip.
          Move in a violent and convulsive way.
          A violent or noisy movement of beating or thrashing.

      • 0
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        This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

      • 1
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        Remember BBS is a product of JHU.
        Should anyone need a further explanation?

        • 0
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          Burt, They all love human blood. Preferable if it is from a minority man

    • 4
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      Champa,

      “JHU is on the common line of thinking of the majority.”

      The mean IQ of the majority in Sri Lanka is 79, and their thinking abilities are quite limited.

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

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        Amarasiri
        Yeah, you are a prime example of what you say.
        I clearly said “at least on this topic.” By the way, do you have selective vision?

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          Champa,

          “But, have patience until the next Presidential Election which is to be held at the end of 2019 to see all right thinking, like-minded people rallying under one flag, irrespective of party politics.”

          Irrespective of the right thinking people, the politicians will rally those non-rogjt thinking people, with mean IQ’s below 79, while bribing quite a few above 79, and in in the end they will screw the right-thinking people, and others as well.

          Just see what happened to all the right thinking 6.2 million along with Ven. Sobita Thero who wanted the executive president abolished, and see how they are trying to silence the real right thinking man Nandana Koditiuwakku.

          Just like in the USA, an outsider is needed The only outsider is Nandana Koditiuwakku.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/contempt-procedures-initiated-to-silence-me-says-nagananda-appeals-to-commonwealth-secretariat-for-support/

          “Contempt Procedures Initiated To Silence Me” Says Nagananda, Appeals To Commonwealth Secretariat For Support

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          Champa,

          “Warnasinghe said that the powers of the executive president were considerably reduced through the 19th Amendment and that since the presidency is now linked with the Parliament and Cabinet, no further amendment was necessary.”

          Well, well, Sirisena would not appoint Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to be the Law and order Minister, and there was no way to override the traitor Sirisena.

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          Champa,

          “I clearly said “at least on this topic.” By the way, do you have selective vision?”

          //JHU Will Oppose 20th Amendment: JHU National Organizer//

          On this topic of executive Presidency, if you go by the history, still there are still insufficient checks and balances. Before the 1972 constitution and the 1978 constitution, there were better checks and balances.

          So where does the problem lie? In the IQ’s , greed, nationalism, racism?

          Beside JHU, says, Jatika Hela Urumaya. They are not Hela, they are Paras. It is all right to call themselves, Jatika Para-Hela Urumaya.

          This is not selective vision. This is a vision that is closer to the truth, a vision similar to the visions of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler.

        • 1
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          Chgampa the trash.

    • 6
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      Absolutely right. JVP wants to make the country a hotchpotch by making a sinecure presidency. It’s RW ‘s idea jvp muggers are bringing under the couch. Despite all nonsense country is running at least to this extent owing to presidency. JVP always fish in the trouble waters. Can’t even win a constituent. Loosers were appointed through National list. Anura k came from kurunegala to Colombo

    • 3
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      CT !!! take up on the ground fixing and SLC as a matter of urgency on your next article.
      The more these third degree coolie Madia covers up the rot on the state
      of the Srilanka Cricket it gets worse day by day for Srilanka and the Noble game of cricketing.
      Now the whole lot of them somersaults to bury the truth.
      Come on CT. Your duty to expose the truth and PUNISH THE CULPRITS.
      ITS A SERVICE TO THE TRUE CRICKET LOVERS OF THE COUNTRY AND WORLD OVER.
      LIES AND LIES OVER LIES A DISASTER TO OUR LAND AND ITS NAME.
      ” THE WONDER OF ASIA IS HEADING TO THE WONDERLAND OF DISREPAIR “
      CT ONCE AND FOR ALL EXPOSE THESE CROOKED GREEDY VULTURES FOR THE NAME OF THE GAME.
      Disgrace is not the word.
      But the crooks are out to bury the truth.

    • 0
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      Champa Bull shit.India has no Executive Presidency, there is an executive Prime Minister any state out of line find the State govt dissolved and the President administers through his representatives.

      You are an blood thirsty animal who wants Tamil blood.Is it tasty. Why do not yo drink your own blood? and as Moraji Dasi did , your own urine.

      This is a problem caused by a woman who was made pregnant by a safron clad man – hundreds of years ago. That woman got her son to murder a Tamil and now the likes of you make the kilelr a hero.

  • 0
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    I don’t like this. Executive president is not really executive. JHU should have had joined with JVP to abolish it . It is no point of having weak Executive president.

    • 0
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      Jim, JHU, Sihala Urumaya would not have come into politics if not for the selfish, unpatriotic actions of the JRJ regime.So they are paying homage, thanking the rascal. JRJ

  • 1
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    I think what JHU saying is Hindia will not allow the wastful 13th amendment to be abolished. So keep it. right now there is a home made political solution acceptable to every community so that every caste can live without oppressed, subjugated or discriminated by Tobacck Farmers. So, 13th amendment should be modified to reflcet the ground reality. and abolish the expecutive president as he/she is weak.

  • 9
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    JHU is only a single minority party with One MP in the Parliament?
    That will speak for the majority ?? Do you think it’s Well done Champ??

    • 4
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      It is not good enough Just to Oppose!
      Please put forward some Constructive Amendments!

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      Analyst
      It doesn’t matter. Officially JHU is against 20A and their representative in the Parliament will vote against 20A.

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      Analyst ,

      “That will speak for the majority ?? Do you think it’s Well done Champ??”

      The majority voted in 2015 to scuttle the executive Presidency. Just listen to Ven. Sobita Theras speeches.

  • 7
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    Champa: You are “Jubilant” on the decision of the JHU and hail that in line with the thinking of the majority. So I think you are in that “Majority”. I invite you, as a member of that “Majority” to tell us your reasons or the basis on which YOU oppose the 20th Amendment. On the other hand, if you are a “Member” of the JHU, you could perhaps say: Yes, I am in agreement with my party decision. Either way, I would like to hear your reply. Thank.

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      Douglas
      Hell no! I don’t belong to any party. I am my own master. I write my own opinions.
      I am against abolishing Executive Presidency or converting the high position into a sock-puppet elected by the Parliament which is the core attraction of the 20A.
      As stated over and over, people’s democratic right to elect a President at their choice should be protected.
      Both Maithree and Ranil have no guts to face a Presidential Election. So, the duo use 20A as a “muttiya” to check landmines.
      If everyone fires salvos, like Wimal did, who knows, Anura may withdraw 20A without making it subject to a disgraceful defeat.

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      Douglas Man

      “On the other hand, if you are a “Member” of the JHU, you could perhaps say: Yes, I am in agreement with my party decision.”

      Whatever it is Champa should persuade Champika to visit the local police station and explain as to exactly what happened in March 2016 Rajagiriya accident.

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    The usual suspects (Tamil racists/separatists, NGO lackeys) will start commenting against this decision. They do not care about the sovereignty or security of Sri Lankan’s but will argue under cover of bogus democracy as long as it suits their agenda.

    • 4
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      Think about who benefits from this (apart from our innocent 20 million peoples)

      Abolishing Presidency

      Losers:
      Hopeful presidential candidates

      Winners:
      Hopeful PM candidates: RW, MR, etc

      Not sure where Separatists and Racists stand.

  • 2
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    Are we looking at the future Presidential candidate ?

  • 6
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    Champika is one who is waiting in silence expecting to become the Executive President to take forward his Sinhala-Buddhist racist agenda. He will be disappointed if it is abolished. That is his grouse.

  • 3
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    CBK & MaRa too promised to abolish the Executive Presidency. But after tasting the plums of office both went back on that promise.
    True,after the 19th Amendment Presidential powers have been somewhat clipped but Parliament should be made supreme since it is that body that enacts Legislation and the fact that it is the repository of the will of the people.
    The argument put forward by the JHU
    ……We believe that it is fundamentally wrong to abolish the EP or to enact legislation simply because one cannot win an election……
    This is preposterous!

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      Pygmalion
      “Parliament should be made supreme since it is that body that enacts Legislation and the fact that it is the repository of the will of the people.”
      This is hilarious. It is not a secret to even a Punchi Singho in a rural village that the current Parliament is corrupt to the core. Your so called “supremacy” now depends on the size of the money offers. Every time when there was a crucial vote, Ranil had to “buy” votes. 20A is also another such contract though the prize tag is yet to be seen.

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    Looks like champika wants to be the president one day.Who knows in 2020 ranil may endorse him as the candidate against gota.That way champika going back to rajapakshes is sabotaged permanently.

    Champika vs gota hmmmmm.interesting wonder what the verdict could be.This time rajapakshes cannot ‘imprison’ the elections commissioner like when they were up against fonseka.

    Ranil is a genius at splitting the opposition and keep them at each others throats.

  • 7
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    Why do we need a parliamentary democratic system instead of a Presidential one? Anyone care to explain.

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      Shenali

      Why do we need democratic system at all?
      Let us crown the “Sri Lanka Rajawansa Vibooshana Dharmadeepa Chakravarthi” the first emperor of post colonial Sri Lanka.

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      Shenal, because executive Presidential system is a “King Maker”, however 20th is not the solution, first MR and company needs a two third majority and then a new constitution to abolish the executive presidency so that Mahinda can be a lifetime Prime Minister, I would love to read the opposition to my comment..anyone?

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        wannihami

        The solution for you is to crown the clan chief as the Chakrawartin of this island and CEO and sole shareholder of the private company Sri Lanka.
        What is the problem?

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    Johnny Baby

    “They do not care about the sovereignty or security of Sri Lankan’s but will argue under cover of bogus democracy as long as it suits their agenda.”

    Please explain to us what is sovereignty, what is Sri Lankan sovereignty, what is security, where did you get it from, were they Sri Lanka’s original invention unlike Champika’s Zero, ………………. and how one care about them?

    If you haven’t got a clue just forget it.

  • 2
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    We are in a very bad rut. Many of us have forgotten that it was the language/religion-divided which brought us here.
    The recent LG election, SLPP unashamedly exploited the language/religion-divide. We also stumbled upon a solution – not necessarily the best. The coalition has had a jolt and a system of checks and balances is emerging.
    We must try this out for another term which implies keeping the status quo of the Executive Presidency.

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    Champa: Thanks. I appreciate you making an independent decision on two reasons stated in your reply to me: (1) “Converting the high position into a sock-puppet elected by the Parliament” (2) Peoples’ democratic right to elect a President at their choice be protected”. I differ with you, in that (1) The Amendment proposes to elect any citizen who is qualified under Section 88; debarring anyone disqualified under Sections 89 & 92 of the present Constitution, by a secret ballot of the elected representative of the Parliament within a time frame of four weeks, in accordance with the procedures laid out. Also it provides, once a person is elected in such manner, he/she should not hold membership of any political party. This, I see as a healthy sign of enshrining and enhancing the supremacy of the Legislature of the PEOPLE as the apex institution of the country by not allowing another “OFFICE” to overshadow the PEOPLES’ CHOICE of their own representatives. Here I am not talking of the “QUALITY” of such representatives, a matter that needs a different approach. (2) I do not see any reason for the people to have a SECOND voting to elect an “Additional” position to run the Governing affairs of the country. That “Duplication” will create many a problems in governance and we have already seen and experienced how that position is leading and led to confusions and crippling the smooth functioning of the government machinery. You may argue that with the 19th Amendment, that issue has been addressed. But while observing what is going on in the Governmental affairs, can we be happy and feel safe with that “19th Amendment”? . I would say that “19th Amendment” is a “Half Backed” pudding spoiled by too many “Cooks”. Here I have confined myself of limiting to answer your two reasons; but in another comment, I have already expressed my position in favour of the 20th Amendment.

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    chanpika looks like Caligula at the colosseum going to give the thumbs down when a gladiator falls.

    very presidential indeed.true noble roman blood.Or could he be the reincarnation of Augustus.
    After all he is the one of the few sri lankan politician without any corruption allegations .

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    JVP has turned into a company in which CEO is AKD that undertakes contacts on behalf of clients. Their clients include RAW, Tamil Diaspora, TNA, INGOs, Ranil. 20th Amendment is an outcome of one of those contracts.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      Alright what you get in return for your services from those who use it?
      Does the service include watching AKD’s bowel movements, ……?

  • 1
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    JHU seems to be right

    Yesterday’s promises may not be relevant today as there’s a new feeling that strong power centre is required to maintain integrity & make majority happy; minority fear doesn’t have a base.

    The problem is the difficulty of identifying such a person to install on the top as money is the key factor.

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    Cabinet Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Achchige Patali Champika Ranawaka is the voice, hands and muscles of JHU.
    Under the Proportional Representation system lot of horse-trading occur. Champika handles the trade very well and gets what he wants – why?? Surely you know the answer!

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    If this is what all the muck that goes as nationalists think, let us call Kim Jong un to target his fire power to this country.

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