M A Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament speaks on the stand of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the way the controversial Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) conducted the kangaroo style impeachment of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and family rule in Sri Lanka.
He reiterates that the TNA does not condone the murders and terrorism of the LTTE, and that this has been stated by him time and again. He asks whether there is a need to keep saying it over and over again, when the position has been already stated several times. On the other hand he says that those in power should realize their own role in creating problems for the standing of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the world today.
Sumanthiran makes some hard hitting arguments, emphasizing that the difficulties and embarrassment faced by Sri Lanka today, are largely due to the dishonesty, nepotism and bungling of the Rajapaksa regime. He urges Government MPs not to be blind followers of anyone – even the President.
He challenges MPs (especially Government MPs) to resist concentration of power in one family and tells the Government MPs that only grumbling about the rise of authoritarianism and looking over their shoulder is not enough. He says that it is the duty of Parliamentarians to protect democratic powers which should be exercised democratically, and not in a way that leads the country further into authoritarianism.
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