Traditional left warns of a rising dictator

While President’s powers are clipped



By Harischandra Gunaratna


Sri Lanka Communist Party Chairman Raja Collure yesterday said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was making a valiant bid to pull the rug under the feet of President Maithripala Sirisena.


Collure addressing a news conference organised by the Socialist Alliance at the Dr. N. M. Perera Centre at Borella said Wickremesinghe had taken control of some of the ministries coming under the purview of President Sirisena which was unparliamentary and undemocratic.


"The Prime Minister cannot behave in this manner which is arbitrary and his undemocratic actions have exhibited his dictatorial tendencies," the Communist Party stalwart said.


Collure flayed Wickremesinghe for helping friends earn collosal amounts of money with the bond scams and added that the Prime Minister had violated the parliamentary procedures by directing the COPE report to the Attorney General when it was submitted to parliament for debate.


Former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara was of the view that Ranil Wickremesinghe was gradually grabbing powers enjoyed by the President of the country and there was an orchestrated campaign by him with cohorts to undermine Maithripala Sirisena.


Nanayakkara alleged that the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Ven Thiniyawala Palitha Thera who had been appointed a director of Lanka Hospitals by the government, challenging the COPE report on the bond scams, was actually acting on behalf of Ranil Wickremesinghe and orchestrated by Wickremesinghe himself and added that the petitioneering monk was a mere pawn of Wickremesinghe.


The veteran leftist flayed Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake for acting contrary to decisions taken by the President and deciding to increase the price of a Development Lottery ticket once again to Rs.30 when the President reduced its price to Rs. 20.


Leader of Lanka Sama Samaja party Prof. Tissa Vitharane said the country would soon face a financial crisis with the government at the behest of the west giving more leverage to private banks over the state banks.


Vitharane said in 2008-2009 period there was a similar crisis where the US private banks collapsed due to illegal practices.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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