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The Government could not possibly pin the entire responsibility of its economic failures and fiscal shortcomings on former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake as he was not the source of the problem, the Joint Opposition said today.

It said if the Government was attempting to shy away from taking responsibility of all these failures by sacrificing Mr. Karunanayake, it would be a fiasco.

“There is no denying that there were many criticisms over the way Mr. Karunanayake handled the Ministry and took decisions. However, trying to place the entire responsibility of failures on him is of no use,” JO’s spokesman G.L. Peiris told a news conference.

He said Mr. Karunanayake was given the Ministry by clipping its wings as the Treasury was under the purview of Prime Minister and the authority to make decisions with regard to commercial banks was given to Minister Kabir Hashim.

“At the time he was the Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake had no authority over the Central Bank or over the commercial banks. This was like appointing an Education Minister with no authority over schools,” he said.

He said the Cabinet Committee on Fiscal Management headed by Prime Minister was the force of fiscal decision making of the country. He said only close Ministers and officials took part in these Committee Meetings. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • ceylon Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:59 PM

    karu saved the economy which your ex boss morgaged to china.what you did during long years as minister . via DM Android App

    IVJ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:30 PM

    For once Prof. has spoken wisely. The mess we are in is not Ravi's fault, rather it was the mess you guys created when you were in power!!

    Raz Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:19 PM

    The present government has been washing all the dirty smelling linens left by your government. via DM Android App

    B S Perera Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:57 PM

    Why MR and the group have so much sympathy for Ravi.?

    DJ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:06 AM

    Agreed mess is what your govt., created. However RaviK is greedy to hold onto finance jobs as well. Anyway looks like you'll want him!

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:39 AM

    Older and wiser!!!

    Yeti Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:58 AM

    Say what?

    ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR. Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:11 AM

    AT LAST THE UNWISE ABSENT MIND HAS ADMTTED THE TRUTH IN INDIRECT WAY THE COUNTRYS PRESENT ECONOMIC MESS IS THE CREATION OF HIS REGIME - MAARA REGIME. via DM Android App

    Leo Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:15 AM

    GL I feel so sorry for you as I dont see you having any ministerial portfolios in the future. via DM Android App

    Yehiya Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:28 AM

    UNP need next professional leadership. Its good opportunity to bring up.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:30 AM

    But still speaking with his foo in his mouth.

    Pf Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:51 AM

    Replacing the former Finance minister is just an exhibition to the public.Can the present person do more than RaviDo not play with this countrys economy.How much played out already. via DM Android App

    WISE DONKEY Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:59 AM

    The learned professor clearly shedding 'crocodile tear' to create rift in the party,,,,,,will there be any casualty?

    Honey Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:00 AM

    He is eying for an overseas trip with RK, so he has to praise him.


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