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Sinhala opposition mounts against federal solution

The Jathika Hela Urumaya, one of the founder and main constituents of the UNP-lead UNFGG, said it will not allow the TNA’s demand for federalism to become reality, dismissing the notion as “just one of their dreams”.

General Secretary of the party, Champika Ranawaka, said the UNFGG had not made any proposals which could threaten Sri lanka’s sovereignty.

“The President and the Prime Minister and even Mahinda Rajapaksa have accepted the unitary state of this country. The TNA has been calling for a Federal solution since 1949. It is just one of their dreams,” the JHU chief said at an election rally in Kolonnawa.

“To form a Federal State a referendum must be held. There needs to be a 2/3rd majority in Parliament.

With 10-15 seats in Parliament the TNA cannot achieve that. As long as we are there we will not allow the country to be divided,” he said.

Virtually all southern-based Sinhala parties have rejected the TNA’s demand for a federal solution, a key tenet of its election manifesto. See more below.

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