The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to seek a clarification from Supreme Courts on “national government” as defined in new constitutional provisions that became law under the 19th Amendment, said JVP Politburo member and former Parliamentarian K.D.Lal Kantha yesterday.
Lal Kantha said the Daily News, although the concept of National Government has been recognized by the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the people have not given a mandate to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to join with the United National Party (UNP) to become coalition partners of a new government.
“In spite of the fact that the public did not want such a union, the SLFP and the UNP have brought forth an embryonic new government, now calling it a National Government,” he explained.
On being pointed out that the party that has won the highest number of seats was the UNP and that it had been saying that it would form a national unity government, Lal Kantha said what manifested since the poll ended, was not a National Government, but a de-facto coalition government that has been formed undermining the political power in the will of the people. “If it was a “National Government” that has been established, where are the members of other political parties representing it,” asked Lal Kantha.
“In reality, the UNP which has obtained the highest number of seats in Parliament has been unable to obtain the support of other political parties to form a National Government, for example the support of the JVP and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA),” he said .
‘If it is for the sake of good governance that the UNP-SLFP government has been formed, they should have obtained a clarification on the provisions regarding “National Government” before rushing to form what would be a 48-member jumbo Cabinet under the banner of National Government.
If in any case, this does not fit the Bill, and what was formed by these parties does not resemble a National Government there are no legal provisions backing them to form a 48-member Cabinet.
Asked what if it turns out to be a National Government, Lal Kantha said, it must be understood that there is no scientific foundation for having more than 30 Cabinet ministerial posts to govern the country under any circumstances.