TNA MPs granted Rs 300mn each for being friendly with govt - Rajitha


Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has revealed that the northern MPs, backing the government, were granted Rs 300 mn each to spend on their electorates.

 A health ministry statement, issued yesterday, quoted Dr. Senaratne as having told a public rally in Manipay, Jaffna, that no previous government had allocated such a big amount for an electorate.

 The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) secured 16 seats at the last parliamentary poll in August 2015.

 Minister Senaratne addressed a series of meetings in the Jaffna peninsula in support of New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe led the group of UNP speakers.

 Dr. Senaratne said that the Northern Province would experience an accelerated development following the Nov 16 presidential poll because the President and the Prime Minister would be from the same political party.

 Dr. Senaratne emphasised that a military rule couldn’t be allowed under any circumstances.

 Tamils couldn’t solve problems because those who represented them in Parliament were never a part of the government for a long time. The Ministry quoted Dr. Senaratne as having said though the TNA was not in the government, funds had been made available because the party was friendly with the current dispensation. (SF)

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