JVP prefer referendum for 20A: Anura

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday that they would prefer the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution which was presented in parliament by his party was subjected to a referendum in addition to the approval of a two-thirds majority in parliament.

He told a news conference that various MPs in parliament view the
20A in different perspectives and added that it could be blocked in parliament by certain MPs on their political ideologies.

“Don’t block it in parliament. Let it go for a referendum so that people could decide whether they need it. We are sure that the people will approve it,’ he said.

He said they view passing of the 20A in a constitutional and political point of view and added that in a constitutional point of view it must be passed with two thirds in the Parliament and in a political point of view it should be approved by the people at a referendum in addition to the two thirds majority in parliament.

“The Constitution should be amended according to the current Constitution. Certain clauses could be amended on a two-thirds majority. We agree with the SC ruling and go for a referendum on the 20th Amendment,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)