Trains used for President’s election work - JVP union

All Ceylon Railway Employees’ General Union affiliated to the JVP has accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of providing free services to thousands of passengers including Buddhist monks at taxpayers’ expense.

General Secretary of the union S.P. Vithanage alleged that the Defence and Transport Ministries had deployed special trains recently on two occasions in support of his presidential polls campaign.

Vithanage alleged that services had been provided to those who travelled from the Northern Province to Temple Trees recently to collect gold jewellery recovered by the army during eelam war IV. The trade unionist claimed that the trains returned to Colombo without carrying any passengers.

The union said that Railway Department should recover costs from funds allocated to President.

Commenting on a recently concluded ceremony to deposit sacred relics at Sanda Hiru Seya in Anuradhapura, the union alleged that the Railway Department had incurred heavy losses by providing free services.

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