The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) last night said that the formation of a large cabinet of ministers by Sirisena – Wickremesinghe government showcased that they were prepared to hang on to power by any means necessary.
The JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the media that the jumbo – cabinet was also an infringement of constitution because as per the 19th amendment, the government could only appoint 30 cabinet ministers and 40 state and deputy ministers.
Dissanayake stated that this showed that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was prepared to even disregard the constitution to consolidate their power.
While noting that Sirisena and Wickremesinghe was trying to hide behind the term national government to justify their jumbo-cabinet, Dissanayake said that that the term “national government” could not be used to describe the UNP-SLFP coalition as it does not have the support of all political parties in parliament.
Dissanayake went on to say that Rajapaksa had done the same thing appointing ministers at will to cling on to power and added that such practices was rejected by the people at the last presidential election.
Dissanayake went on to say that if the the new government was genuine about treading the path of good governance it should have appointed the constitutional council and the independednt commissions first instead of focusing on jumbo-cabinets.
Also Dissanayake said that some of the Rajapaksa regime members who were described as rogues and thieves by the present rulers too were being gifted with ministerial protfolios now.
He said people like Nimal Siripala De Silva and Susil Premjayanth who shouted themselves hoarse in election platforms that they would never join the UNP to form a coalition government were doing so without an iota of shame.
Dissanayake said that people would have voted in a different manner if these people had told the truth that they will join with the UNP to form a government.