Dilan decries sorry situation in country


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The entire SLFP was responsible for having paved the way for a dictatorial UNP government as the party Central Committee had decided to go for a President Election two years ahead, former minister Dilan Perera said Thursday.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, MP Perera said that even President Maithripala Sirisena was responsible for it as he, too, endorsed the Central Committee decision as the then General Secretary of the party.

 Perera said that only D.E.W. Gunasekera and Vasudeva Nanayakkara had opposed the early presidential election at that time.

"We worked for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory, but he lost," he said, adding, however, now President Maithripala Sirisena was the SLFP leader, but the minority UNP ruled the country.

The Badulla District MP said that all development projects in the country had been halted and the economy was going down rapidly. Foreign reserves, too, had decreased and the government had no funds to pay salaries of public servants.

Perera said that if the Rajapaksa government had continued for two more years without a presidential election, the country would not have been in the current predicament.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in his interim budget proposals promised Rs. 10 million to MPs as decentralised funds instead of Rs. 5 million but so far not a cent had been received by MPs he said.

 Asked whether President Sirisena would allow former President Rajapaksa to become Prime Ministerial candidate after the next general election, Perera said that Rajapaksa had to go home for refusing to give Premiership to Sirisena. Therefore, Sirisena would take the correct decision as he knew the consequences.

 He said, however, they would form a government after the next general election as the UPFA with the support of President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would contest the poll.

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