The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to resolve internal contradictions within the Party with regard to the constitutional reforms process.
TNA MP President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran said that if some faction of the SLFP were having second thoughts about a new Constitution, the SLFP as a Party must resolve the matter and in this regard President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chairman of the Party who has spoken about a new Constitution a number of times has a responsibility to iron out and sort out any issues in relation to such.
He reiterated that the country had up until now had no opportunity to create a Constitution with the consensus of all parties .
According to him, the proper Opposition, the TNA and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, had time and again taken an extremely principled stand on the requirement of a new Constitution and that such should be put before the people for a referendum, thereby playing a constructive role.
“A resolution very clearly envisaging a new Constitution was adapted unanimously. The Joint Opposition did not object then. Subsequently certain amendments proposed by the SLFP were considered. There is however no question about a new Constitution,” he said.
“This is the first time ever where there is consensus from every quarter. It is for this essential purpose that the two main Parties formed a national Government. The TNA and various other Parties in the absence of an armed struggle and violence have entered into this democratic exercise towards achieving what can be called a truly Sri Lankan Constitution which the people will directly get an opportunity to approve or not,” he added.