UNP and SLFP Stand on New Constitution Differences a serious problem – Dinesh

By J. T. De Silva

Although the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are together in the Government of ‘Good Governance’, their stances on the new Constitution, being totally different to each other, is a serious problem, Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Dinesh Gunawardena told Ceylon Today.

He also said that in such a background, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna submitting proposals regarding the new Constitution has also become a problem.

Gunawardena further said that other political parties are also facing this same situation.
He said that no clear conclusion has been reached regarding the powers of the executive, the parliament, the Provincial Councils and the method of election for Local Government Institutions etc. He also said that opinions and proposals submitted by various organizations, learned and intellectual community, political parties etc. on behalf of the new Constitution have been documented as Committee reports.

Gunawardena added that he has got to know that the SLFP has asked for time until 5 January to declare their decision on these proposals received.
Gunawardena said that the President had summoned the Sri Lanka Communist Party and discussed the preparation of a new Constitution and he has got to know that the President intends summoning each political party separately to discuss the issue.