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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Internal Crisis Seen Within UNP Really Party Exercising True Democracy - Sajit Premadasa

Jaffna, 12 September, (Asiantribune,com):

UNP Deputy Leader and Minister Sajith Premadasa says that although some internal crisis are seen inside the UNP to those who are not well-versed in democracy, it is really the party exercising true democracy.

He said that the freedom to have different opinions is a symbol of democracy and, points out that such opinions are shunned down only in an authoritarian regime.

Minister Premadasa who participated in the Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibition today (09) as the chief guest spoke at the media briefing held at Mutraveli ground in Jaffna.

The Minister further stated: subsidized loan scheme which is implemented on a concept of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has paved the way for the common man to achieve his or her economic goals without holding them as distant dreams any further. They are provided with the facilities from necessary skills up to the required capital. Such interest subsidized loans are granted under easy conditions and low interest rates.

Therefore, under this scheme, the aim of the government is to create one hundred thousand entrepreneurs; it has the real potential of creating one million entrepreneurial opportunities.

Those who not versed in democracy think UNP has crisis.
Programs such as Enterprise Sri Lanka that meant to strengthen the commoner would create not one hundred thousand but one million entrepreneurs.
13th Amendment has become a laughing stock today.
Maximum power devolution should be implemented within a unitary state while further strengthening the 13th Amendment.
Minister Sajith Premadasa

On my way to this exhibition venue, many people asked me various questions about the Tamil people’s issue. My stance is not to say one thing when go abroad and make a contradictory statement after returning to the country. We had certain leaders who went to India and stated 13th Plus and having returned home turned it to 13th minus.

My stance is to solve this issue through maximum devolution of power within a unitary state. But I should reiterate one important point. This issue could be solved only by the empowerment of political, economic and social issues. If anybody belongs to any racial community feels that he or she is a second class citizen or, they are inferior to that of the other communities, the solution that we talk about would not be found.

Provincial Councils were introduced as a solution to this issue. But it was not implemented fully. However, the 13th Amendment has become a joke today. Therefore, we should strengthen the Provincial Council system.

Our stance is clearly announced in the policy statement publicized before the Presidential election in 2015. That is maximum devolution of power within a unitary state. There is no change in that stance even today.

Certain factions are attempting to emphasize that there is a division within the UNP with regard to nominating its presidential candidate. Of course, those who are not familiar with the word ‘Democracy’ could see this situation as an internal crisis within the party. But democracy means itself the freedom to have different opinions. There are certain political parties that do not tolerate diverse opinions. Because the way for such opinions has been controlled inside such parties”, the minister said.

State Finance Minister Iran Wickramarathna and Jaffna Mayor Emanuel Arnold were also present.

Meanwhile, Minister Sajith Premadasa who opened Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibition in Jaffna met with the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance TNA). TNA MPs M.A .Sumanthiran, Mawai Senadhiraja and several others participated in the meeting. State Finance Minister, Iran Wickramarathna also participated in the meeting with the TNA members.

- Asian Tribune -

Internal Crisis Seen Within UNP Really Party Exercising True Democracy - Sajit Premadasa
Internal Crisis Seen Within UNP Really Party Exercising True Democracy - Sajit Premadasa
Internal Crisis Seen Within UNP Really Party Exercising True Democracy - Sajit Premadasa
Internal Crisis Seen Within UNP Really Party Exercising True Democracy - Sajit Premadasa
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