Dinesh: Only a general election can help tackle worsening chaos

President’s policy statement useless; it has no guidelines for govt.


By Saman Indrajith

Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, yesterday, called for dissolving Parliament to prevent the aggravation of the anarchical situation in the country.

 Participating in an adjournment debate on President Maithripala Sirisena’s policy statement, presented to the House on Tuesday, MP Gunawadena said that the President had failed to present a useful policy statement at the inaugural sitting of the 2nd Session of 8th Parliament unlike his predecessors.

 "The country’s economy has collapsed. As a result of robbing the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), the people do not have any faith in the monetary system of the country. This government tries to please foreigners and not Sri Lankans. National assets are being sold to foreigners and private companies. The value of the rupee is coming down. There are many burning problems which need immediate solutions. But the President did not present any solutions for these problems through his policy statement."

 It was the President’s responsibility to guide the government. But President Sirisena failed to spell out guidelines in his policy statement.

"What the President implied in his statement is that this consensual government is unable to rule the country. He said that the two parties of this government were not able to sustain a government. In saying so, he indirectly accepted that the consensual government was nothing but a failure. The government has led the country towards anarchy. The country is virtually bankrupt and on verge of collapse. I am sorry to use these words but it is the sad truth." 

Gunawardena said that the government was postponing Provincial Council Elections deliberately. Terms of Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central PCs had expired last year. But the elections to those PCs had not been held. The government promised to hold those PC elections before the end of March this year but ignored that promise. Terms of several other PCs will expire in September. However, elections to them are not likely.

"The President said, in his policy statement, that when he appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe the Prime Minister the United National Party had been without enough seats to form a government. Then how did Wickremesinghe become the PM? The President set a wrong example by appointing Wickeremesinghe the PM. The country is suffering now because of that wrong move."

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