The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna yesterday warned the government that it would face dire consequences, at the forthcoming budget, if it backs the All Party Representative Committee proposals for a Federal State.
Publicity Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said they had been informed of an attempt, by the APRC, headed by Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana, to finalize a report that was largely based on views of its pro-federalist bloc, constituting several Tamil, Muslim and Socialist parties within the government.
Weerawansa, who was addressing a press conference, said that they had also learnt that the SLFP proposal, for a District-based constituency system, had now been amended to provincial level devolution of power and even permitting several provinces to join together to form a single constituency.
`The gist is that the government may sponsor the federal proposal of the APRC. In that case, we will not extend our support to the government any further,` Weerawansa said.
He demanded that the government must immediately clarify its position on the power sharing method it intends to bring, because it was clearly mentioned in the policy statement, Mahinda Chinthanaya, that Sri Lanka is a sovereign and unitary state.
Weerawansa said that the government which was now in a chaotic situation and was making conflicting statements on its stance on the form of devolution.
`While Minister Tissa Vitarana advocates a broad-based devolution (i.e. federalism), Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle made a contradictory statement that the proposed solution for the national conflict would be within the unitary framework, so we urge President Mahinda Rajapakse to clarify the government`s position,` Weerawansa said.
He said that the JVP had earlier walked out from the APRC sensing that it was dominated by the pro-federalist bloc.
`The mere fact that Prof. Vitarana, who represents a party that openly supports federalism, being appointed as the head of the APRC has brought its impartiality into question,` Weerawansa said.
He said that the Jathika Hela Urumaya must also explain why they are backing government and continuing their presence in the APRC, since their proposals have been ignored in the so called final proposals.
`When we boycotted the APRC, the JHU criticized us saying we were jeopardizing the process. The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna also had left the APRC this week as they cannot accept the proposed solution. People are now watching the JHU`s next move closely ,` Weerawansa said.
However, Weerawansa ruled out the possibility that that the JVP would support the UNP and SLFP (M) faction led coalition to come to power. He said that it is up to the government to decide whether it would need the JVP support to pass the forthcoming budget, which would be presented in a Parliament, where both the government and the opposition have 112 seats under their command.