Promoting MR for presidency

Published : 12:03 am  August 21, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (143) reads | 

Is GL off his head

 

vlcsnap-2018-08-10-06h33m11s853By Sandun A Jayasekera

Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday asked whether Prof. G.L. Peiris was out of his head to believe he had drafted and passed a separate Constitution other than the one in use in the country to speculate that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest a presidential election for a third time.  

 

The UPFA General Secretary said Prof. Peiris must be suffering either from dementia or sheer desperation to grab power because the 19th Amendment to the Constitution very clearly states that no one is permitted to contest a presidential election if he or she had held the post of executive president on two earlier occasions.   


The 19th Amendment which replaced Article 31 of the 1998 Constitution has been amended by the inclusion of a new paragraph that says, ‘No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the People, shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such an office by the People’. No one needs to be a professor to understand this paragraph which has clearly stated that former president Rajapaksa is not qualified to contest the presidential election or get elected,” the minister said.  


He told those gathered at a meeting held to educate Agriculture Research Assistant officers on accelerated agriculture projects that the joint opposition had planned to launch a protest march against the government on September 5 but the end result of such a meaningless protest would be inconvenience to millions of people who would be stranded on roads and offices.  


“I have a feeling that the people have had enough of the mischief and misbehavior of joint opposition members. The railway commuters gave a good reply to railway employees who launched a lightning strike deserting hundreds of thousand of commuters at railway stations. I believe the same treatment would be meted out to protesters who blatantly disrupt public life,” the minister said.   


Commenting on the setback to the agricultural sector, the minister said the agriculture sector had 27%n of the GDP a few decades ago but had dropped to 7.7% of the GDP.   


“My attempt is to bring the agricultural sector to at least 25% of the GDP by 2020. That is why this acceleration programme. I expect your full support to achieve its objectives,” he said.