Wedaarachchi accuses JO of political sabotage


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


The State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi yesterday lashed out at the Joint Opposition (JO) for the continuation of its what he termed political sabotage and plans to topple the government.

Addressing the media at the Government Information Department, he said that the JO’s attempt to topple the government was only a dream and they would have to wait till the end of the present government’s term in 2020 or till President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament and declared an election.

The State Minister stressed that even though the JO could buy over Member of Parliament, they would not be able to buy UNP members as they would not fall for the money of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wedaarachchi alleged that former President Rajapaksa had enough money that was collected through corruption during his tenure, to buy MPs.

Referring to the clash during the agreement signing ceremony of the proposed industrial zone in Hambantota recently, Minister Wedaarachchi criticized former President Rajapaksa and his loyalists for trying to stop the development in Hambantota district and the youth from the area getting jobs as they feared of losing the support of the Hambantota people.

State Minister Wedaarachchi claimed that the clash was planned by the JO and he was aware that they had distributed black flags, stones and tires to their supporters in the area to create an environment for violent repression.

Employment opportunities that would be generated from the Hambantota industrial zone was one step of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s election pledge aimed at generating 10,000,000 jobs for youth, Wedaarachchi said adding that former President Rajapaksa and his son Namal were trying to stop the Hambantota youth from getting jobs from the UNP government.

Wedaarachchi alleged that MP Namal Rajapaksa was behind the planned attack on an international ceremony as the protesters had damaged 50 buses of Sajith Premadasa’s supporters who had been taken to participate in the ceremony from Beliatte, Tangalle and Mulkirigala areas.

Referring to the earlier dispute between Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and himself, Minister Wedaarachchi said even though all institutions under the fisheries ministry were handled by Minister Amaraweera, he had made a programme with the support of foreign countries specially Korea to develop the fisheries sector.

Claiming that disputes were common in a hybrid government as it was the first time in Sri Lankan history that the two main political parties of the country got together to establish a unity government, the state Minister noted he would be able to work with Minister Amaraweera in the future by resolving the issues.

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