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  Interviews  


Ravi K pushing for consensual politics, stronger opposition

Q: In the latest cross talk between the UNP and the JVP, you had accused them of trying to exploit the Fonseka case, but the latter says that it is your party that has been playing double games all along. Even on the proposed local government electoral reforms, while your general secretary condemned the reforms at a media briefing, the partyís provincial council members have voted to approve them.
The party has taken a decision on the basis of what was going forward and we believe that the ward system is good.   Read More


UNP playing double games, claims Tilvin

Q: Where do you all stand on the shameful attack on Ruhunu University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Susirith Mendis?
We like to clearly state that we do not condone students getting into confrontations and physically attacking each
other. Similarly we do not condone them attacking university professors or vice-chancellors for whatever reason.
Therefore we in no way approve the attack on Ruhunu University vice-chancellor.


WHERE DOES THE LAW STANDÖ.

We asked former additional solicitor-general and presidentís counsel Srinath Perera whether Anoma Fonseka can fill the vacant seat of her husband Sarath Fonseka:

ďThere is a procedure and a law laid down. Now I believe Lakshman Nipunarachchiís name has been gazetted to fill that vacancy. Therefore, he is considered the member of parliament, but unless and until he takes the oath or makes an affirmation according to the provisions contained in the constitution he cannot either sit in parliament or vote. That is he is treated as the member but he canít vote or take part in the parliamentary proceedings unless and until he takes the oath or makes an affirmation. Then there is another provision in the constitution which states that unless a person gets the permission of the speaker he cannot absent himself from parliament for more than three months. In my view, if Nipunarachchi does not take part in the proceedings for a period of three months he vacates his office. Once that happens, the same procedure will have to be followed with the next person who got the highest number of votes and the process has to go on until all the persons who contested from that party are exhausted. Once all of them are exhausted the secretary of the party can nominate a person of his choice or else others can write and say we are not accepting, but amongst the people who contested from that party if one person accepts and takes the oath he becomes member. That is the law.

Q:   The Nava Sihala Urumaya Party leader has said that JVPís Anura Kumara Dissanayake should resign his seat and give it to Mrs Anoma Fonseka. Is this possible?
If Anura was sent in through the National List if he resigns that can be done. If Manamendra had been the member, I have my very serious doubt whether he would resign his seat to make way for another. These are people who want to fish in troubled waters