The JVP didn`t necessarily have to pile onto the streets to have an impact on national politics, said parliamentarian Vijitha Herath yesterday, when asked why the party was mum on the Constitutional Council issue.
`Didn`t you watch Thulawa this week?` Herath also asked, referring to the Independent Television Network`s weekly political talk-show. `If you had watched Thulawa, you wouldn`t ask why we have been silent.`
He said the JVP had spoken strongly on the programme, criticizing and holding the government responsible for failing to make the Constitutional Council operational.
When it was pointed out that there had been silence from the JVP in the one year preceding this week`s Thulawa programme, Herath said his party had often spoken to the relevant people about the issue.
`The problem is that everybody expects the JVP to shout and get onto the streets every time,` he said. `We don`t always have to do that. We have been working quietly.`
The JVP, which almost single-handedly brought the 17th Amendment to the Constitution before parliament, has been criticized widely for their silence during the past year that the CC has been inoperative. As a result of the CC being inactive, several independent commissions are now not working and politicians are abusing the situation to their advantage.
For instance, President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the transfer of police officials outside of the National Police Commission (which expired last year) while public officials are also being moved around (the Public Service Commission has also expired).