JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said his party would defeat UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s attempts to find “loopholes” in the constitution in a bid to increase the number of Cabinet portfolios.
Dissanayake, addressing a JVP rally in Kirulapona which is currently underway, said Wickremesinghe is the latest one to seek “constitutional loopholes” to achieve political gains.
“He is now finding loopholes in the definition of a national government, as he wants to increase the number of Cabinet positions. He is now trying to prove that the largest political party in Parliament can join with any other party and form a national government. If not, he has to reduce the number of Cabinet positions to 30. We, as a party, will certainly defeat this attempt to exploit constitutional loopholes and increase the number of ministries ,” Dissanayake said.
“There were many people who looked for loopholes in the Constitution. President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya and Bar Association President U.R. De Silva also looked for loopholes in the Constitution and fell flat on their faces. Wickremesinghe is the latest addition to the list,” the JVP Leader explained.
Wickremesinghe is expected to take oaths as the Prime Minister at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow at 10.30 AM.His Cabinet of Ministers are scheduled to be sworn in on Monday.