The SLFP (Mahajana) wing spearheaded by former Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced its `policy statement` yesterday with a view to seeking a dialogue with other political parties to form a broad alliance against what it called the `present extremist and fascist regime`.
Presenting the proposals, Mr. Samaraweera told journalists yesterday that this statement should not be considered as an election manifesto. He said they would present this set of proposals to other political parties, civil society organizations and even individuals for a broad discussion before drafting the final.
In the policy statement titled `Dare to dream towards a new Sri Lankan order`, the ousted Minister emphasized the immediate need for the resolution of the national question and introduction of a new constitution, making the Executive Presidency answerable to Parliament and the judiciary.
He said their exercise, in alliance with all progressive political forces in the country, aims at getting the SLFP back on its moderate principles and policies, defeating the present `extremist and fascist regime`.
`Above all, the country is more important and it should be safeguarded even for us to do party politics,` he said.
Mr. Samaraweera said the present constitution which gives executive powers to one individual is one of the biggest hurdles in achieving the dream of a prosperous Sri Lanka.
`We are for the abolition of the Executive Presidency. But some minority parties argue that it is an injustice to them. So we are proposing certain modifications at least to make the Executive Presidency answerable to Parliament and the judiciary,` he said.
The Former Minister charged that the government had only adopted a delaying tactic in resolving the national problem which has plagued the country for the last three decades.
`Through the appointment of an All Party Conference (APC), they have delayed the resolution of the conflict. We have no more time to waste in this endeavor. It is similar to a patient on the throes of death needing an emergency operation,` he said, ruling out the need for an APC as there were many agreements reached in history such as the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam Pact, the constitutional draft in 2000 and the Oslo Declaration.
`We have two options for the resolution of the conflict. One is to devolve power within a united and undivided Sri Lanka, and other is to decentralize power within a unitary country. We are never for a separate state. Most Tamils also oppose separation. So, we have to accept the solution accepted by the majority,` he said.
However, he said terrorism should be destroyed in the context of a reasonable political solution to the problem being rejected.