Oct 02, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says that it salutes all brotherly political parties who abstained from participating in the National Council.
Issuing a statement, the SLFP says the purpose of the proposal on the National Council is only to give a false impression to the international community that political stability has been established in the country by installing an all-party government, but justice will not be done to the people's uprisings that took place across the country by the so-called National Council.
It also states that the National Council is a name-sake committee that aims to indirectly obtain the approval of all the parties representing the parliament for all the decisions of the government.
Considering this situation, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has decided to refrain from representing the National Council but will work from the Opposition to support any positive policy decision taken by the government for the good and security of the Sri Lankan state and the nation disregarding narrow political gains.
In line with this position of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, the party also says that it salutes all the brother political parties who are not participating in the proposed National Council.
The proposal related to the National Council, which was recently included in the parliamentary agenda, is debatable and in the all-party government concept, the proposed National Council is an alternative political structure to a Senate with executive power to manage the current crisis situation, the announcement issued by the SLFP says.
However, according to the authority and common responsibilities assigned to the National Council in the proposal submitted to the Parliament, it is clear that it is just another advisory committee chaired by the Speaker.