By Colombo Telegraph –
“The Communist Party of Sri Lanka dissociates itself from the initiation of the process for impeachment of Mrs. Shirani Bandaranayake, Chief Justice” says the Communist Party of Sri Lanka.
Issuing a statement its Chairman Raja Collure says “it notes that the motion for impeachment was brought forth in the background of a conflict between the judiciary and the Executive. Conflict between the judiciary and the Executive is a product of the Executive Presidential system and would continue to recur as long as the Executive Presidential system in place. Therefore our attention should be drawn to the urgency of abolishing the Executive Presidential system.”
“The political Bureau of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka has advice the Communist members of parliament to refrain from been nominated to the Select Committee on the impeachment.” he further says.
Lat week the Colombo Telegraph reported that the Politbureau of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) has instructed its national organizer and MP for Kegalle District, Y.G. Padmasiri to withdraw his signature from the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice.
The Politbureau had earlier decided that LSSP MPs should not sign the impeachment motion. However, after a meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse had with UPFA leaders, Minister Tissa Vitarana who is also the Secretary of the LSSP had unilaterally instructed MP Padmasiri to sign the motion. At the Politbureau meeting held on 02nd November, members had been highly critical of the Minister for overriding a decision of the Party. Sources said that Minister Vitarana had been greatly embarrassed and had apologized for what happened. Thereafter, the Politbureau had instructed Mr Padmasiri to write to the Speaker and withdraw his signature.
This episode comes in the wake of the Communist Party Special Congress that took place on 28 October resolving in a self-criticism that voting for the 18th Amendment was a mistake. On 02 November, the Politbureau of the CP had censured Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera for signing the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice without its permission. Gajadheera had explained that Minister DEW Gunasekera had instructed him to do so. Minister Gunasekera had come in for severe criticism and the Politbureau has decided that the two CP MPs should obtain instructions from the Politbureau in future.
Meanwhile Democratic Left Front Secretary and Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the party leaders have not signed the impeachment motion. Nanayakkara told The Sunday Leader that he will give his views on the motion once he sees the allegations after it is presented in Parliament this week.