WP Chief Minister tells govt not to betray national security


By Dasun Edirisinghe

Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said yesterday that the government should not betray national security to please a chief minister.

"If the government removes Army camps in the North to appease Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, I would like to ask whether they would remove camps in the Western Province if I made a request to that effect," he said.

Ranatunga alleged that the UNP-led government was dancing to the tune of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran and compromising national security.

National security was being compromised at present the way the Wickremesinghe government had done in the past, Ranatunga said, adding that they would urge the government to take correct decision with the future of the country in mind.

The chief minister said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had been defeated at the January election just because he protected some of the corrupt ministers in his government due to his good heart.

Ex-President Rajapaksa had protected a certain minister who tied a public servant to a tree, but that miscreant was now batting for the present president Maithripala Sirisena, the Chief Minster said, adding that some of them had protected the UNP-led government after accepting ministerial portfolios.

"This government’s 100-day programme is over and now we have started 100 days to send the government home," Ranatunga said, adding that they would form a government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa after the next parliamentary polls. SLFP supporters wanted Mahinda Rajapaksa to be the next Prime Minister and unless their wish was granted the party’s unity would be threatened, he said.

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