Government wants consensus on Constitutional Assembly

The Deputy Minister invited all political parties to share their views on the proposal and reach a consensus for a new Constitution.Speaking earlier, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) asked as to why the vote on the Resolution is being delayed. The Government says it wants consensus on the proposed Constitutional Assembly and it is for this reason that it is allowing the proposal to be debated in Parliament.Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P Perera said that the Government could have used its 2/3rd majority to have the Resolution on proposal passed in Parliament. However he says the Government decided against that move and instead is seeking the support of all political parties in Parliament for the Constitutional Assembly. “We want to reach a consensus on the matter. The Government is committed to unite the country and not divide it,” he said. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party is ready for the vote at anytime and the delay to take the vote gives the impression that there is a division in the Government on the proposal.Tamil National Alliance leader and opposition leader R. Sampanthan urged all political parties to back the process to create a new Constitution.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party said that it supports the Resolution and added that several amendments proposed to the Resolution by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have been accepted. (Colombo Gazette)