Speaking in Parliament today, Dissanayake said the former President was stoking fears of racism about the new constitution when there is not even a draft constitution.
“The Constitutional Council and the Steering Committee have thus far failed to write a draft constitution. We are still in the constituon-making process. To come to this point, the Steering Committee has held 83 meetings. We are yet to draft a final version of the constitution. We are yet to seek the approval of Provincial Councils. We still haven’t debated it in Parliament. The House is yet to approve it with a two-thirds majority. We are yet to place it before the public by way of a referendum. The President is yet to sign it. How long will this entire process take? Can the current parliament even think of completing this process?” Dissanayake asked in Parliament today.
“In this backdrop, Rajapaksa keeps saying that there will be a new constitution in April and all nine provinces will have separate police forces. He also says Sri Lanka will turn into a Federal state in a few months. Why is he propagating lies of this magnitude? Doesn’t he have any shame?” Dissanayake also asked.
“Rajapaksa thinks his only way out of the current rut is through racism. His constitutional coups have backfired. He has drawn severe criticism from the public for trying to grab power illegally. He is now fanning flames of racism.”
“I can understand why the minions around Rajapaksa are doing it. But, this is a person who held the presidency for 10 years. This is utter, unabashed greed for power. Rajapaksa should be ashamed of himself,” Dissanayake added.