In a statement on the third anniversary of the yahapalana government, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said the Moragahakanda project was planned, funds allocated and construction work launched under his government in 2007 under the 2005 Mahinda Chintana programme.
He said even the Rajagiriya flyover was planned and money allocated for its construction by his government and pointed out that Cabinet approval was granted to select contractors for the construction of the flyovers in Rajagiriya, Polgahawela and Ganemulla at the cabinet meeting held on December 4, 2014.
Mr. Rajapaksa also held the yahapalana government responsible for the current debt crisis.
In his statement he said, "During the short period of 36 months that this government has been in power, they have borrowed over USD14.6 billion in foreign currency loans alone, the breakdown of which would be as follows - USD7.2 billion through the issue of Sri Lanka Development Bonds from January 2015 onward, USD3.6 billion from sovereign bonds issued in 2015 and 2017, USD2.2 billion through currency swap arrangements with India in 2015 and 2016, USD 1.7 billion through syndicated loans arranged through several international banks in 2016 and 2017 and USD1.5 billion from the IMF Extended Fund Facility in 2016. No previous government has borrowed so much money by way of foreign currency loans in such a short time.
Mr Ex-President, We, The People in this great country are aware of your contribution towards eradicating terrorism, bringing economic prosperity and also the national pride. Whether, the present rulers get credit or not from your initiative is immaterial. We, The People are not a group of ungrateful citizens to forget you. You will see that on local government election results.
Niyas Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:47 AM
off course you can see in the up coming election UNP will win all most all the seats.
Yehiya Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:44 PM
People will make a history. all politicians will learn good lesson. People one feet ahead.
Mohan Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:35 PM
Katunayake expressway was planned by UNP.
Tinkiriya Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:42 PM
Dil, "are you the modaya among "we the people"? If there was economic prosperity then, then why are we in such debt today?
ANTON Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:49 AM
IN SRILANKA, OUR PEOPLE GLORIFY ONLY THE OPENING CEREMONIES, NOT PLANNING AND EXECUTION.
TONY Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:56 AM
STOP BOASTING. AFTER ALL YOU MAY HAVE STARTED, BUT THEY ARE ALL OUT OF PUBLIC FUNDS. YOU TALK AS IF THEY WERE FUNDED OUT OF YOUR POCKET. GOVTS HAVE TO MOVE ON
Sumal Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:11 PM
MR planned it using Chinese loans. This govt completed it using foreign funds. Hope that make the difference.
Saman Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:06 AM
All the politicians needs to understand that all these are part of their job. That's why they are elected. Take the credit only if you are spend from your personal bank accounts.
hemantha Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:09 AM
If that is so, Highways were planned by 2002 Government.
truth Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:14 PM
exactly, regaining Sri Lanka manifesto proposed expressways, inner
gamalath Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:11 AM
On the same tone, will you give credit to Chandrika's regime, which planned the airport expressway and southern expressway?
CITIZEN Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:18 AM
So What???You are retired hurt now, take rest.
Wildaku Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:20 AM
Does anyone really take notice of 'the man who stole tsunami funds' anymore??? He lies so openly too... maybe the income tax department should raid his and his goons houses and see just how much 'black' money they have...
Dee Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:25 AM
'Your' highways planned by govts before 'your' govt? Correct ? So what's the problem? Continuity of development is better than ego right?
Unchikun Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:28 AM
I was planing a hyperloop from Dondra to KKS. How is that?
Dhammika Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:09 AM
Rajagiriya flyover and Moragahakanda planned by MARA . How about White Van abductions , Tajudeen / Ekneligoda dissapearnces not ONLY planned BUT ACTIONED by your regime ! .
Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:13 AM
How much commission this dumped dictator looted from the Mahinda Chintana programme?
nihal Jayaweera Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:25 AM
All the cursing commenters should know that not only he planned but finds allocated and executed them too. The Katunayake Highway was planned during PM., Dudley's time but no one could execute it but MR. Don't be jealousy of his Govt', achievements. Yahapalanya trying only survival tactics......nothing els.nj
Dhammika Tuesday, 09 January 2018 02:56 PM
Are you a POHOTTUWA candidate ? .
garawi Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:10 PM
If the Katunayaka expressway was planned by Dudley on the MR's argument the credit should go to Dudley for the completion ? Is that right ?
Aussie Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:25 AM
Not only that even Sri Lanka was yours.
Kumara Dharmarathne Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:33 AM
You are right, just like although you finalized the LTTE war, it was planned by JR,RP and CKB. Please, people do not want to listen to childish talk as all of you spent people's money.
Somapala Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:39 AM
Well difference is last governments only talked about highways. No planing, no funding secured, no public unrest’s settled, no construction started. Moragahakanda project was started in 2007 in 2 stages. 2nd stage was started in 2014. For Rajagiriya flyover, as usual this government delayed the start of construction by 1 year.
Sam Samarasinghe Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:19 PM
True, Mahinda had so many plans, but he gave Priority to his plans to provide a better tomorrow for his family.
L C A Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:19 PM
Was the robbery of Central Bank also planned by you during your era ?
APPACHCHI Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:35 PM
Dear MR ! Please now retire for good, start some work helping the society with something useful while staying at home, your comments sounds so childish now.
karsha Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:41 PM
How to then how will my children live? must get them into politics. that ia my main concern. not the country.
Shanika Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:48 PM
You planned everything with our money
gamini Tuesday, 09 January 2018 01:55 PM
you forgot to add that you and your family also planned the abduction of Ekeniyagoda, false case and arrest of SF, white vans, murder of Thajudeen, whole sale loot of treasury, destruction of democracy and freedom of press
MAD DOG Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:21 PM
What Rajapakse is trying to tell us that he is the only one capable of running our country and rest of the others are idiots. He is now showing more arrogancy than before. May be desperation..............
Asi Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:22 PM
In that case all high ways were planed before your time. Does the credit of those go to the other governments than yours? I am confused.
Don Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:54 PM
How much is the commission?
ananda Tuesday, 09 January 2018 05:15 PM
Yes we all know how you allocated more than 80% of the budget to your family members led by Mr. 10% to rob on major contracts. via DM Android App
Citizen Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:45 PM
Why don't u get some rest former Mr president
rajah Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:28 PM
Was this man Mahinda RAJAPAKSE was responsible for help Hambantota funds during sunami.
Sanjeeva Tuesday, 09 January 2018 09:50 PM
This project was one of the five under Mahaweli. The concept was gamini dissanayake's .
GIVE CREDIT TO THE ORIGINAL STUDIES Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:50 AM
GD was no Enigneer, - just a lawyer (as most politicos) - the whole Mahaweli development was planned after extensive engineering studies in the mid 50's
Lafiri Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:05 AM
Well I don't agree with your argument Ex-President but I do accept you did the job as far as "completing a project" is concerned. Whether its a white elephant or not your capability to completion is much appreciated. Nobody could match that and If not for you we still may be fighting the LTTE. But your problem was putting your family above country over money and democracy. your over-greed was your own destruction, you called for early election that was your decision. Dictators have no place in a democratic setup...
Chami Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:27 AM
It should not be the matter of "Who takes the credit?". The country has to move forward.This should be the primary objective of the people elected to rule the country and not to prick-holes or gague personal benefit.
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