Video: Bandula challenges Harsha, Ravi for TV debate

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UPFA Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardane today challenged Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake or Policy Planning and Economic Development deputy minister Harsha de Silva for a debate on any television channel over the current economic crisis in the country.

Mr. Gunawardane told a news conference that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran had given false information at a news conference yesterday with regard to the economic situation in the country.

“I, as a person who has worked in Finance Ministry and who had held various ministerial portfolios, am ready to come to an open debate on any television channel about the lies that the finance Minister had told yesterday to the country and the world.  

Mr. Gunawardane said he was ready to debate economic factors such as the bond issue in the Central Bank, interest rates, unemployment and the exchange rate.

He said the country was unprecedently going backward in every aspect economically, politically and culturally under the rule of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • tissa Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:41 PM

    according to you a family can survives with 7500so what is the use of debating a person like that via DM Android App

    willowsd Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:04 AM

    IT IS A SHAME TO DEBATE WITH A PERSON WHO THINKS THAT HE CAN LIVE WITH RS.2500/= A MONTH? IT SHOWS HIS CAPABILITIES AND FINANCIAL MATTTERS

    Econ Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:52 PM

    Bandula, Go back to being a tuition master! Do something good for our country.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:57 PM

    Ha Ha, is he going to revisit his old theory that a person can live with Rs.2500.- per month.

    dulan Monday, 01 June 2015 08:11 AM

    Is this not to be expected as we have to focus on improving governance .We are not interested in an economy which was helping a few. This a transition period

    Sharon Sunday, 31 May 2015 08:08 AM

    Salute you Sir. Please expose the true situation in the country. Dont let people be deceived again. via DM Android App

    dulan Monday, 01 June 2015 08:13 AM

    Who has time to waste on him

    vithu Sunday, 31 May 2015 08:39 AM

    mr bandula dont talk bull shit. we know your economy we know who you are..when you was education minister what did u do. think and see via DM Android App

    zuh Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:18 PM

    bandula first of all explain us how to live with 7500 rs monthly via DM Android App

    Harold Domar Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:12 PM

    No need debate even, economy is stand still since January, 2015. Other than day light robbery of money in consolidated funds nothing is moving. This year GDP growth may less than 6% and budget will be widen. Most of sectors slow other than Apparel.

    mountain Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:35 AM

    Tunthenaddana 2500Rs enough for June. via DM Android App

    Sujeewa Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:17 PM

    How can a guy that thinks the people can survive withRs.2500 devate with a chief economist and treasurer of the DFCC

    Lima Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:21 PM

    CAN ANYBODY SILENCE THESE GOONS , FOOLS OF ROGUE MR REGIME , THEY MAKE THEMSELVES PRESENCE AFTER ROBBING THE COUNTRY , THIS IDIOT COULD NOT RUN A SINGLE MINISTRY SUCCESSFULLY , CHALLENGING THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE GUYS

    Gune Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:22 PM

    Common Harsha and Ravi! take it.

    Raz Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:42 PM

    Had enough listening to your nonsense on the TV.People dont want to see you any more though you are keen to appear in TV before you are dished out via DM Android App

    TONY Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:37 PM

    BANDULA SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THE NEW GOVT TOOK OVER ONLY RECENTLY AFTER FOR GOVT RULED IT FOR A DECADE. HE SHOULD ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT DUE TO POLICY DIFFERENCES THE NEW GOVT CAN TAKE TIME TO STABILISE THE ECONOMY. BANDULA IS A VETERAN TEACHER WHO CAN EXPLAIN MATTERS CLEARLY, BUT HE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY DURING THE PAST WAS MISHANDLED. NO DOUBT, THE COUNTRY HAS SOMEWHAT HALTED SOME OF DEVELOPMENT WORK FOR THE TIME BEING BUT THE PREVIOUS GOVT WAS ON A SPENDING SPREE BEFORE

    puss vedil Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:39 PM

    My friend , what nonsense is he talking , debate why this dot exist for the last 10 years , why now is it because you can express the freedom of speech. This guy should take a good nap.

    shamon Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:48 PM

    waste of time debating with .. via DM Android App

    sss Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:43 PM

    stop debating and contribute to economy without depending on blue collar workers like housemaids, garment workers, farmers, plantation workers

    cuckoo Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:47 PM

    Pls Ravi and Harsha, get some tuition from him and tell us how to run a month with just rs.2500. Then we can donate all the balance to pay national debt raised by looting Rajapaksas.Thx

    SriLankan Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:02 PM

    When Ajith Niward Cabraal was appointed Governor Central Bank the one who objected initially was Bandula Gunewardena. via DM Android App

    Premalal Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:55 PM

    The whole country will be watching this economic genius proving his theory of leading a comfortable life with Rs 2,500 per month. Maybe a little more after 3 years of inflation. We maybe seeing the first Sri Lankan Nobel prize very soon.

    Shamantha Welgama Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:05 AM

    Bandula taught Commerce and economics for A/L students and he is graduate from Vidyodaya.,But he is not abreast with the changes in the world of economics and trade. He is 25 years behind the current dynamic world.Its a shame, This guy should quit from politics and the chances should be given to the young talented people.

    Sixth Sense Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:56 PM

    Bandula seams to be desperate to make himself visible and important!If he was so good in his practical economics I am sure he would have been made minister of economics or policy planning.Any Jonny who has studied economics will know there are no 100% solutions in economics and there will always be a different perspective to any economic strategy.As a tuition master it is very easy theorize theses situations for arguments and score brownie points.Good luck!Play for the gallery!

    SriLankan Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:05 PM

    The one who initially condemned when Ajith Niward Cabraal was appointed Central Bank Governor was this Bandula. via DM Android App

    fayaz Sunday, 31 May 2015 10:36 AM

    We know how this donkey managed the economy when he was given the post at least was he capable of holding the grade 5 scholarship exam properly via DM Android App

    Amila Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:05 PM

    People will chalenge you all at the next election. bye...

    Mason Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:08 PM

    Bandula must understand that the treasury coffers were virtually empty, when Ravi took over. Starting from scratch, to expect economy to advance in 3 - 4 months, is asking for the impossible. It is not a Tea kiosk to show results over-night.Anyway, will you accept a debate on the corruption in the MR regime.

    Arjuna Ranawana Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:12 PM

    Hon. MP. Stop talking bila. We studied your Economic theory in AL class. Now talk about what the country needs today without talking how to living by spending Rs 2500/.

    ralahamy Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:12 PM

    Enough Mr.Bandula, Enough now.Please go home.

    Tilak Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:15 PM

    Hello Economics Gura, are you again going to talk about Rs. 2500.00 theory that you put forward ones.

    malij Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:17 PM

    May be he is going to argue that since the reduction of the prices of some of the essential goods, Rs. one thousand five hundred is enough to survive instead of Rs. Two thousand five hundred.

    Citizen Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:16 AM

    We are fed up with whole set of politicians in this country...what we need is a set of people who talk less and work more to develop this country....Enough is enough...no more debates...no corruption,,,no big talks...

    Abdul Sunday, 31 May 2015 11:17 AM

    do you mean 2500 Rupees ?

    ziyard Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:24 PM

    Bandula GONAWARDENE must realize facing Dr.Harsha is not facing a tuition student,if ever a debate takes place bandula must not forget to wear diapers.

    Madlin Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:34 PM

    Bandula you did worse things. Better revert to your tution business without fooling the country via DM Android App

    sri lankan Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:28 PM

    Trying his best to remain relevant. ..

    loki Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:30 PM

    joke of the century

    onlooker Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:46 PM

    Bandula is looking for some publicity before elections.

    li Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:50 PM

    Mr.Bandula, why did you take this foolish decision, challenging Gurus? I feel sorry for you! You are to be preyed!!!

    Anthony Saturday, 30 May 2015 06:54 PM

    Ho Bandula!Your speaking re the economy you who could not run the education ministry properly specially when it came to maths, and also gave an amount for a family to exist. All the best.

    ANTON Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:16 PM

    ONCE AGAIN BANDU IS GOING TO PROVE THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION THAT HUMANS ARE ORIGINATED FROM BABOONS.

    Manel Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:06 PM

    This govt. has been in power only for 4.5 months. What can you achieve economically during that period. Can you at least finalise a tender. Therefore I suggest that the debate should be on corruption, robbery, waste of public funds on foreign jaunts, using public resources for election purposes, diverting income due to Rupavahini and ITN to family channel CSN, handing out projects without tender procedures and last but not least HOW TO LIVE ON A BUDGET OF RS. 2500.00 PER PERSON AS SUGGESTED BY WAIMA.

    Hiran Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:24 PM

    I hope Mr. Ravi and Mr. Silva will not waste their time engaging in useless chat with Mr. Bandula. Please read your own A/L notes Mr. Bandula.

    Last dance Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:38 PM

    Very good.Last ditch for the person concerned.

    Puran Appu Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:40 PM

    This is a good opportunity for the government to show democracy and good governance by accepting the challenge. If not, it is a mere acceptance of lies, corruption, and so on.

    imran Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:00 PM

    i think this time this person is willing to teach sinhala literature instead of economics. via DM Android App

    Upali Wickramasinghe Saturday, 30 May 2015 07:48 PM

    Harsha and Ravi do not wasteyour time. He is the person who found that a family can live on Rs 2500.00

    Citizen Perera Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:32 PM

    What debate can one have with Bandula who can not differentiate a bond (derived security) from a bail-bond? This might turn out to be a new sequel for a new Bond-movie in the making ;)

    bandula Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:38 PM

    You are right. But what can you expect from a tuition master

    Liswom Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:07 PM

    Bandula what about joke of the century you cracked during MRs regime - a family can eat educate children and lead a comfortable life with Rs. 2500 per month via DM Android App

    Chandra Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:55 PM

    It is true that Ravi K and Harsha made some wrong statements regarding our economy. Bandula too made statement like person can survive a month having Rs 2500. Economy is standstill that is true we feel it. via DM Android App

    Fassey Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:07 PM

    Ministers Ravi and Harsha have to learn economics and planning from this great Economist (joker). He will teach you how to plan a budget for a family. He has lot of experience in the past.

    Nimal Abeywardane Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:23 PM

    Bandula Bail. Harsha and Ravi is thousand times better than you and they know what they are doing to improve the economy. Please go back to your tuition classes

    Mahinda Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:28 PM

    Having been in Goverment for ten years with no progress now for Mr BG to challenge the present Goverment for a debate on the performance of 100 days is so funny.

    Push Saturday, 30 May 2015 08:43 PM

    He should teach how to live for a month with Rs. 2,500.00.

    Citizen Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:17 PM

    We must accept that under Ravi K, Harsha and Ranil economy is stagnant and we are heading towards an economic disaster. Businesses are affected and going down day-by-day. They talk too much but no action can be seen.

    Asa Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:23 PM

    Yes Mahinda and thiefs in big financial crisisBandula tell us how is night motor races in colombo and kandy Pls tell namal to organize

    Aaa Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:26 PM

    Duplicate golden brain. Can sleep alone no one to rob your brain

    jagath Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:28 PM

    It will important to both ministers because they will be able to learn how to live a family withing Rs.2500 per month.Thank you Bandu (samarasingha)

    Lanka Shantha Sunday, 31 May 2015 03:25 PM

    In Colombo .. No more helicopters hovering over the head 5- 6 times a day. No more high speed running vehicles using abusive language and harsh signals.No more waiting at Junctions for to allow the ministerial gangs. no more banners to cut the visions at the roundabouts. You want to debate about "the current economic crisis of myself"???

    Premalal Sunday, 31 May 2015 03:25 PM

    If he has even a semblance of intelligence would he have made such a stupid statement ?

    vihilu Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:34 PM

    Donkey wants to challenge racing horses?!

    pambaya Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:39 PM

    Guy who said family of four can live with $2500 per month wants a debate! What a joke and waste of time.

    Sikuru Sunday, 31 May 2015 03:33 PM

    @bandula Not every tution master is stupid. there are lots of good guys like sannasgala

    Arjuna Ranawna Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:07 PM

    How about A/L, O /L, and 5 Scholarship exams during your times

    Perumal Sunday, 31 May 2015 03:47 PM

    A person who could say that "Pa*ya" is decent word of address in sinhala language could say anything and try to get away. Debate with such a person is a waste of time.

    jolly bird Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:28 PM

    BINDULA IS THE PERSON WHO RUINED THE EDUCATION OF THE CHILDREN. DURING HIS TENURE HE COULDNT CONDUCT A SINGLE EXAMINATION FREE FROM PROBLEM .NOW HE CHLLENGES. via DM Android App

    Bandu fan Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:29 PM

    Is this the same man who came on TV for a debate and tried to prove that a family of 3 can live on RS 7500???We had enough of you lot of jokers....no nominations for you and your Boss....Bye....Bye

    Harsha de Silva Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:40 PM

    Ready anytime my respected friend! Harsha

    srilankan Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:40 PM

    ahaha...bandula sir we know about you..we still remeber how u proved that people can survive with 2500 per month

    rohan Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:45 PM

    ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Lankan007 Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:46 PM

    Mr bandu r u going prove again that a family can live with 6000 rupees

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 01 June 2015 06:52 AM

    Correct, this four (04) footer is struggling for nothing.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 01 June 2015 06:54 AM

    Bandu you told us with 2500/- a person could manage, but now we get 7500/- now shut your dirty mouth.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 01 June 2015 06:56 AM

    Bandula what does you know about Economics.

    Vijith Pieterz Monday, 01 June 2015 06:58 AM

    Yes this good for nothing four footer ruined the Education in SriLanka. He cannot talk a word of English, but talking too much.

    Cheers Sunday, 31 May 2015 02:50 AM

    Bandula is right 2 brainless persons running a economy of a country without any economy background

    Bubble Banda Monday, 01 June 2015 07:00 AM

    Boru sobana karaya.... (BS Bandula)

    Nims Sunday, 31 May 2015 02:56 AM

    Nothing wrong. They should accept the challenge.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 01 June 2015 07:01 AM

    He is not a donkey, he is a monkey. He has monkeys face.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 01 June 2015 07:07 AM

    Bandula call them for a English debate? Ha...Ha...Ha...Ha... you joker !!!!

    Bubble Banda Monday, 01 June 2015 07:09 AM

    Sharon are you trusting this clown? He failed English in O/Levels.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 01 June 2015 07:11 AM

    Bandula wants to be popular. Who cares for this idiot.

    Jay Goonetilleke Sunday, 31 May 2015 05:58 AM

    TV debate on Sri Lanka Economy! Mr. Silva you should debate, expansion of SL economy has been notably slower than expected as SL struggle to thrive in an uneven global environment. Entire world in Macro-slowdown! The oil-price drop has not boosted average Sri Lankan’s consumer confidence. SL needs sound fiscal policy and need to reach out one of world largest economy China with Asian Development Bank which boost funding for infrastructure projects in SL and rest of Asia about lend more than $100 billion over next five years! We must also involves Japan to play more active role in SL. But don’t get embroiled in rivalry. My recent visit to SL and speaking to average SL, even my family members in Colombo and rest of the people I spoke to in south or east they will tell me how much infrastructure project help them from Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa (regardless of corruption some of the members).

    Ram Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:28 AM

    Who will want to debate the economy with a tuition master who believed that a family of 4 can live with Rs 7500?

    Viv Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:37 AM

    Bandula is the one who said a family of three can manage with Rs 7500/-. This debate will end up like Wimal Weerawansa, Harin Fernando debate. Bandula, why make a fool of yourself once again?

    Viv Sunday, 31 May 2015 06:44 AM

    Bandula is the one who said a family ofThree can manage with 7500/-.This debate will end up like Wimal Weerawansa/Harin Fernando debate.Why make a fool of yourself once again?


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