The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) too joined forces with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today to request Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament despite President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to prorogue it until November 16.
All MPs of the JVP Parliamentary group, sending a letter to the Speaker, said the leaving the legislature out of the current dialogue was an act of undermining democracy.
The party said current constitutional crisis should be extensively discussed in the legislature that represents the sovereignty of the people and assured Jayasuriya to summon Parliament forthwith.
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan also requested Speaker Jayasuriya yesterday to convene Parliament immediately and allow the legislature to perform its legitimate functions.
TNA leader Sampanthan, in his letter, says the request has been made “recognizing the necessity of upholding the supremacy of the constitution of Sri Lanka and the supremacy of Parliament comprising of the democratically elected representatives of the people.”
Meanwhile, UNP’s Minister Mangala Samaraweera said this morning that the so-called ‘government’, headed by Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa, was formed following a coup and therefore had no legitimacy or moral and ethical grounds to operate in office.
“Therefore, all appointments are made by the so-called new government are deemed illegal and we will take stern action against the individuals accepting them,” Samaraweera said, in a statement, a short while ago.
“We, the democratically elected government with a clear majority in Parliament, will defeat the coup and establish a stable government through a democratic and constitutional process in Parliament. Many foreign countries and international bodies such as the United Nations (UN) have stressed the need to respect the constitutional process and uphold the rule of law,” he added.
“We wish to reiterate that all state officials who accept positions from this ill-legitimized and unconstitutional government will be considered individuals aiding and abetting the coup,” Samaraweera said.