More relief in the pipeline - Susil

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the government would offer more relief to the public within the next two weeks besides the fuel and power price reductions.

The Minister was addressing the commencement of road development in Kaduwela at a cost of about Rs. 190 million.

Minister Premajayantha stressed that there was no legal barrier for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest any number of presidential elections.

The rumors had begun to be spread that the presidential election would be held next January. The main Opposition parties, UNP and JVP were raising concerns over President Rajapaksa securing a third term claiming that there were constitutional constraints.

"Today the UNP cannot find an election slogan because the war is over, the roads have been constructed, and electricity has been provided to each and every village in the country", the UPFA General Secretary noted. "They can only say that the prices of goods are high. But within the next two weeks they cannot even say that as more relief is on the way."

Meanwhile, the JVP claimed that the government reduced the price of some of the essential goods recently targeting the coming presidential election and that the price of reduced items would be doubled if President Rajapaksa won the election.

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