In a fresh move to scuttle the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, the loyalists of MP Basil Rajapaksa on Monday insisted at the government’s group meeting that bringing about economic stability should be prioritized instead of expending energy on constitutional changes.
However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that it should be incorporated into the Constitution. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also spoke for it.
Among the MPs who spoke against the 21st Amendment are Chintaka Mayadunna, Sarath Weerasekara and Nalaka Godahewa. They said the government should focus more on addressing economic grievances.
However, MP Nimal Lansa, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando and others viewed that it should be enacted in keeping public sentiments. Mr. Lansa said public opinion is in favour of such constitutional changes and it should be respected.