The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
(JVP) whilst maintaining that a certain
amount of power should be devolved,
however noted that Police powers should
be held by the Central Government.
The Party also reiterated that the
total abolition of the Executive Presidency
was necessary, adding that the
powers afforded to the Executive President
should be devolved entirely to the
Parliament, to be wielded in turn by
the Cabinet of Ministers.
JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa explained that they did not however think that the system of Provincial governance through Provincial Councils was the answer either. “We have experienced
the Provincial Councils system for over 30 years now. It has sorted out neither the issues of the North or the South but instead enveloped the administration and the administrative
process in chaos,” he added
With regard to land powers, he pointed out that the existing law should be implemented. The Party is of the view that the fair and just concerns of the Tamil people, required solutions. “We do not think that the constitutional reforms proposed in the interim report of the steering committee of the constitutional assembly will result in separatism. There is an ongoing discussion with regard to curtailing certain powers whilst giving others. On the question of the Executive Presidency, we can think about a President sans Executive powers,” Dr. Jayatissa further emphasized.