At that time, the Federal Party was asking for power sharing under a federal system,”she said.
Nowadays they are speaking of too many powers in the 13th Amendment. TheBanda-Chelva pact was willing to share power far more significantly than that,” theformer President said.The SLFP was started with the Bandaranayake vision, said Kumaratunga, adding thatin these days various convoluted visions had been incorporated into the party.
Of late various people claim their fathers created the SLFP along with my father – atthat time I don’t think they were around,” she charged.Defending her father’s controversial Sinhala Only Act, Kumaratunga said it was anattempt to uphold the rights of the majority that had been suppressed by Europeancolonialists for hundreds of years. “He also brought the Tamil language bill at the sametime. He had no intention to implement racist policies. But because he wasassassinated, there was no way to enact that bill,” President Kumaratunga said.
Posted by Thiranjala Weerasinghe sjSrilanka-Ilankai (in Tamil) / Lanka (in Sinhala) An island located in the Indian ocean, off the southeast tip of IndiaThree times as larger than the state of New Jersey - 25,000 sq miles in areaShared History Dates Back to 500BC.• Sinhala-speaking people - 77%,• Tamil-speaking people - 23% When Portuguese took possession of the island in 1505 there were 3 Kingdoms• Tamil Kingdom in the North-East - Tamil Homeland - (yellow)