Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Prof. GL Peiris claims the people’s basic rights will be curtailed by further extending the State of Emergency.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, MP Peiris said he was the first Chairman of the SLPP and was directly involved in all discussions leading up to the formation of the party.
The Parliamentarian claimed he is well aware that imposing a State of Emergency at this juncture is against the fundamentals of the SLPP.
MP Peiris said adequate provisions pertaining to protecting public lives and property are included in the law.
The SLPP Chairman claimed imposing a State of Emergency will pave the way to fulfil hidden agendas adding such actions are not in the best interests of the public.
He therefore said he voted against imposing the State of Emergency.
Joining the media briefing, MP Dullas Alahapperuma said during the debate pertaining to the State of Emergency, it was observed that many government MPs attempted to right a wrong by committing another wrong.
MP Alahapperuma said there are certain matters that need to be confirmed from both the government and protesters.
The Parliamentarian said the government is constitutionally obligated to ensure the freedom of expression and peaceful gathering adding protesters must also be responsible, disciplined, respect public property and protect public rights.
The MP urged both parties to refrain from capitalising from the prevailing situation.