Former Public Management Reforms Minister and Chief Organiser United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for the Nuwara Eliya District Navin Dissanayake who crossed over from the government to support the common candidate to abolish executive presidency said like his father the late Gamini Dissanayake, he too sees how dangerous it is to have executive powers with one person. “Like my father I too had to take certain decision to serve the country. That was why I crossed over with another 17 to strengthen President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to eradicate terrorism.
“Now it’s time for the President to abolish executive presidency as promised in 2005 and 2010. In order to abolish this system, it is a heroic decision taken by the General Secretary of the UPFA Maithripala Sirisena to cross over and I wholeheartedly wanted to help him out whose hands are clean. I am happy to give up all my posts in the UPFA and join the common candidates cause,” Dissanayake said.