Young JO MPs ask govt to turn searchlight inward

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Young parliamentarians of Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday urged the government to investigate the complaints lodged against those who were currently within the ranks of the ruling coalition.

Addressing a media briefing in Colombo, the JO MPs claimed that the complaints lodged against Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake and former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had not yet been probed.

One-and-a-half years had elapsed since the complaints against Minister Senaratne were lodged, but so far no single inquiry had taken place and five months had passed since a complaint was made against Minister Dissanayake but the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) had failed to take action, Matara District UPFA MP Kanchana Wijesekera said.

There were complaints against several Ministers of the government but none of them had been investigated, he stressed.

Wijesekera said that it was very clear that the law was only being implemented against the JO members.

Commenting on the removal of eight SLFP organisers loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Wijesekera said only ten SLFPers supportive of Rajapaksa were still holding the positions and they would also be removed in the future.

It was not the members of JO who were trying to form a new party but the SLFP leadership by removing by removing popular, capable party organisers, MP Wijesekera said.

The newly appointed organisers were without popular support even in their electorates, he said.

Only five members were representing the JO at the SLFP Central Committee, MP Dilum Amunugama noted.


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