President Ranil Wickremesinghe is without a public mandate to implement anything outside the policy manifesto of his predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila.
Carrying out the remainder of the mandate received by Rajapaksa is what remains for Wickremesinghe to do, he told the media yesterday (01).
How can he speak about implementing the 13th amendment fully, whereas only appointing a national land commission and nine provincial police commissions are left to be done? Gammanpila asked.
Without any mandate by the public, Wickremesinghe’s duty now is to work according to the mandate received by Rajapaksa’s ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’, he said.
If he wants to implement some other policy, he will first have to win the next presidential election.
The seven executive presidents had a good reason for not implementing the 13th amendment fully, and the incumbent will have to suffer the consequences if he does otherwise without knowing that reason, he warned.
Granting police powers under this amendment will help separatism and segregation to raise their head again, and will disrupt intelligence activities against extremists and crime prevention, said Gammanpila.