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Sumanthiran takes on Wijedasa, dismisses his stance on Constitutional Assembly as a joke


Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian President’s Counsel M.A. Sumathiran has dismissed the plea made by Parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapakse, PC, to the Speaker to annul the motion on Constitutional Assembly as a joke and as preposterous.

He said: “Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken up the position that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal - I’d like to point out that he is one of the original proposers of the resolution that was placed before Parliament on January 9, 2016, which proposed the setting up of this Constitutional Assembly.

He is actually one of the drafters of that resolution having proposed it to Parliament. He has also been a member of the Steering Committee which met 73 times and he has attended more than 50 times and participated fully in that process. He has even drafted certain portions of the Interim Report that was tabled before the Constitutional Assembly recently.

Rajapakshe was fully aware of this process and was satisfied that it was entirely constitutional and legal. His opposition now arises only because he has been sacked from the Cabinet.

He can’t say that he did not know of the implications of this. He holds two doctoral degrees and is a President’s Counsel. He has been President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and at the time he was the Justice Minister. Such a person can’t now suddenly say the process is illegal, having participated fully and having himself proposed the mechanism.”


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