Minister attacks Sri Lankan govt on Electoral Reform Bill

Last Updated: Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 00:00

The attack by Mahinda Rajapakse, Minister of Fisheries
and a known detractor of President Chandrika Kumaratunga
follows efforts of Opposition United National Party (UNP) and the Buddhist monks to defeat the bill by depriving the
mandatory two-thirds majority required for its passage in
parliament.

The minister, who has been conferred with the 'jana
ranjana' a highest award given by chiefs of Buddhist sects for his services to uphold the interests of Buddhism in the
country last year, made the remarks at the meeting of PA
parliamentarians at the official residence of Chandrika.

The UNP has alleged that government was offering huge
money by the government who desperately sought support of more and more MP’s on the controversial bill.

While the debate on the constitutional bill begins in the
Parliament on Monday, the Supreme Court would consider
legality of the electoral reforms bill on Monday and give its
opinion to the speaker the next day, in time before the
government tabled it in the house to make it a legislation.

Report : Zeenext Bureau



First Published: Sunday, August 6, 2000 - 00:00
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