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Representative Democracy is essential; we need a vision for it …. Anura Dissanayake

Anura Dissanayake

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has observed that representative democracy was essential for the country. But we needed a vision for democracy and rule of law.

He made this observation speaking to the media. Anura said:

“Representative democracy is still the best form of governance for our country, but we need to develop the political intelligence and vision necessary to take it forward.

There is widespread anger and hatred among the people towards their representatives in parliament. Some people even hope that the entire parliament will be destroyed. This is because people have lost faith in their representatives.There are several reasons for this.

Firstly, most of the MPs have no principles. They constantly switch sides. I remember during the constitutional crisis, how then President Maithripala Sirisena publicly claimed that the ‘price’ of an MP had shot up to Rs 500 million. This was because they were all trying to find 113 MPs to form a government. I know personally that some MPs even took money to remain where they were.

Secondly, the behaviour of most MPs is disgraceful. They brought knives and chilli powder into the chamber. They engaged in fisticuffs. They scolded each other in filth.

The third factor is that many MPs are criminals. The biggest racketeers in the country in illegal sand-mining, those connected to the rice mafia and even drug traffickers have served in parliament.

Given these factors, it is only natural that people feel angry at their MPs. At the same time, none of these MPs forced their way into parliament. All were elected by the voters themselves. As such, while people may wish ill on parliament, they must remember that part of the responsibility for what has befallen parliament also lies with them.

Instead of complaining about how wrongdoers aren’t punished by authorities, the voters themselves have an opportunity to punish these individuals by voting them out at this election. That however, cannot be done by trying to sort out the ‘good people’ in a group and voting for them.

You must remember that your first vote will still be for the party and if the party you vote for is populated by rogues, then you are still opening the door for unsuitable people getting elected. You must also choose the best group. In that scenario, you can mark your preference to whoever you like in that group. We have fielded the best group of candidates for this election.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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