By Gazala Anwer
UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake at the party headquarters Sirikotha this afternoon said that the party would decide how they would protect the country, after the voting took place in Parliament.
“We will see the voting that will take place in parliament and thereafter go forward to ensure how we will protect the country, because this will be a dictatorial constitution that will be promulgated, and as a result we will see the independence of all areas of public service being taken away”, he said.
He added that the intention of the party was to take the issue to the people, telling them that this was ”democracy at its last, that is spreading”.
“Our intention is to be with the people and muster their confidence to say that this is not their constitution that is being put in to place”, he said. ”This is not the way it should be done. If it is something good for the country it should take time and go through, rather than rush through like it is being done at the moment”.
When asked how the UNP would carry on with their protests in light of the renewed emergency laws, Karunanayake said that they would continue despite all odds.
“We are going to dare. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. You can’t be wilting under pressure. This is because they (the government) are not very confident that they can hold it on like this; that’s why they are rushing it through.”