• We will continue our struggle for a General Election along with our coalition partner’s for the betterment of the country.

    Following the crucial Supreme Court verdict, which has ruled against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament, we, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna accept and respect the Court’s ruling.

    The Supreme Court is the highest authority in the judiciary and it alone can interpret the Constitution. Although we do not agree with the outcome of today’s verdict, we respect the judgement announced by the Hon. Judges and the Court.

    Sri Lanka, today, is in the midst of a severe political crisis. No party enjoys a clear two thirds majority in Parliament and political parties including Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party are in dire straits. It is no doubt that in order to have a stable, strong government in place, a free and fair election must be held. In any democracy, ultimately it is the people’s will that needs to be upheld.

    On Oct 26, President Sirisena, in order to save this country from a severe economic, political and social crisis due to the failures of the UNP, appointed Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. However, the UNP, who have a history of failing the masses and delaying elections illegally, created a severe ruckus which forced President Sirisena to dissolve Parliament and call for a snap General Election. He and Hon. Rajapaksa wanted the people’s verdict.

    However fearing that their failures will be exposed and they would face another humiliating defeat, opposition MPs including the UNP filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the dissolution of Parliament, fearing an election. Today, the verdict was announced, and I reiterate we respect the Court’s decision.

    In similar cases, in other countries, for example in India, we saw earlier this week how the Indian Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the state assembly, saying there was no merit in the pleas filed by former BJP legislator Gagan Bhagat.

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice SK Kaul said they were not inclined to interfere with the decision of the governor.

    A Supreme Court is the highest authority in the country, to which we can turn to, to seek justice. While here in Sri Lanka the Supreme Court has ruled against the dissolution of Parliament, the party strongly feels that a General Election is the best way to put an end to the ongoing crisis. No party should ever fear to know the verdict of its citizens. If a party fears an election, that itself clearly underlines their failures. Therefore our call for a General Election will continue till such time the people’s verdict is upheld.

    Today, Sri Lanka has much more to gain, much more to offer. For three and a half years, under the governance of Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe and his party, Sri Lanka only kept falling backwards. However Sri Lankan citizens deserve much more. It is time we work collectively to strengthen our call for a Parliamentary poll, so that we can have a strong, capable government in place.

    In 2009 Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with our valiant forces saved this country from the clutches of terrorism by defeating the LTTE. Hon. Rajapaksa is once again ready to save this country from the economic crisis we are already facing. The SLPP will make all efforts to reach a consensus with other party leaders to set a date and go in for a General Election. The SLPP sincerely hopes that the UNP, JVP and TNA will understand and accept the reality of the political crisis we are facing, and leave aside all differences and agree to dissolve Parliament and face a General Election.

    The will of our people should be upheld and we will work for the betterment of this nation. The SLPP will continue with our struggle for a General Election along with our coalition partner’s for the betterment of the country and to rebuild a strong Sri Lanka.

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