Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has stated the biggest victory for this Constitution is that the TNA is agreeing to support it, which was an unprecedented opportunity. Therefore, we must grasp this opportunity.
Dr. Rajtha was addressing during the debate on the interim report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms. He stated that during the Constitutional Council in 1972, the late J R Jayewardene proposed for the Executive Presidency, but the late Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake refused it. But in 1978, Late Jayewardene and late R Premadasa set up the Executive Presidency. But late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike pledged that she would abolish it at the first opportunity they get to do so.Former Presidents Chandrika Kumarathunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa too promised to do so. G L Peiris maintained that a President should be a nominal President. Dinesh Gunawardena too said the executive Presidency should be abolished. For the first time we have a President who was ready to reduce his powers.
He added that six decades had passed after the late SWRD Bandaranaike had attempted to solve this issue. Devolution of power was not a new topic. It has been functioning for a long time now. None could oppose this and call himself a true patriot. There is no other traitor than those who oppose this.
"So we should not miss this opportunity," he concluded.