SLFP given portfolios to cover up CB scandal: Dinesh

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The appointment of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs as Ministers was an attempt to cover up the wrongdoings of the government led by the United National Party (UNP), especially the Central Bank Bond Sale issue, Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardane charged today.


United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Gunawardane said the bond sale issue was one of the largest corrupt deals that had taken place in the country and also in the history of the Central Bank.


“SLFP MPs who went to the Bribery Commission against the Central Bank Governor for allowing the corrupt deal have been appointed as ministers in the government today. This is absurd,” he told a news conference in Colombo.


He said the CB Governor should be removed immediately as he was not a Sri Lankan citizen and said the deal was a black mark to the Central Bank.


“Functioning of the Central Bank, while the governor is on leave, is not beneficial to the banking system.  The Prime Minister had taken over the Central Bank which was under the purview of the Finance Minister earlier. Therefore, the Prime Minister should take responsibility,” he said.


MP Gunawardane said under these circumstances they didn’t approve the appointments of SLFP MPS as Ministers in the Government and said the move was against the franchise given to the UPFA.


UPFA MP Wimal Weerawansa said that 6.2 million of people those contributed in President Maithripala Sirisena’s victory had been left stunned with the new appointments.


“This is not a promise given under the 100-day programme. Neither the 6.2 million who voted for Maithripala Sirisena nor the 5.8 million voted against him asked for these appointments.  Even before the conclusion of the 100 days, the government had doubled the number of ministers,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)










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  • Gihan Monday, 23 March 2015 06:24 PM

    Goodbye to Nepotism and Hello Cronyism!

    jayantha Monday, 23 March 2015 06:27 PM

    Some of these gentlemen should retire from politics and live on the pension .

    TONY Monday, 23 March 2015 06:29 PM

    NOW ANY SUSPICION IS POSSIBLE. FLOOD GATES OPEN FOR CRITICISM. IT IS THE GOVTS FAULT AS THEY FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

    manijam Monday, 23 March 2015 06:36 PM

    these four guys are very busy now...

    mervyn perera Monday, 23 March 2015 06:38 PM

    dinesh the bankrupt politician. If not for the SLFP dinesh would never have a seat in parliament. Same with Vasu, Weerawansa and pivithiru leader ex-JHU man. I am now forgetting his name.sorry state of affairs. They can lead mahindas party.dinesh the bankrupt politician

    Welesuda Monday, 23 March 2015 06:41 PM

    Has the "Honotabale" (??) MP Wimal Weerawansa, spoken to any of the 6.2 million voters of President Sirisena??

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:15 AM

    Set of fools and jokers - no one to listen to you idiots.

    Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:16 AM

    Waste of time to listen to these rubbish talks. Get lost.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:18 AM

    Weerawansa begged Ranil to join the UNP, he refused to take him - that is the anger he has and jabbering.

    Horri Jimonis Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:18 AM

    What happened to BBS, same thing will happen to these rotten guys.

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:22 AM

    These guys should be sent to Angoda soon and after treatment they should be kept behind bars.

    Mark Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:49 AM

    Please lets get to the parliamentary election when we can kick these idiots out of parliament and never hear from them again. What a bunch of jokers.

    sunny Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:47 AM

    Trouble making Politicians should be satisfied living a luxurious life and now retiire with a package pension for doing nothing without criticizing - 2 words - get lost

    Rajan Vairawanathan Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:14 AM

    I cannot understand gentlemen of the stature of Mr. Dinesh Gunawardene and Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara be seen in the same platform as confidence tricksters such as Gamanpila and Weerawansa. Have they come down to such a bankrupt state? Ofcourse if all of them face an election they might even loose their deposits. Today the voter is certainly not stupid. He proved himself to be patient and finally turned to be the judge, the jury and the executioner.

    Phantom Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:15 AM

    Would the Gang of 4 not refused any portfolios if they were handed any? The frauds!!!

    asiyawe ascharya Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:29 AM

    pot calling the kettle black. have you forgotten your corruption at UDA, Water board etc

    Mala Monday, 23 March 2015 05:37 PM

    This is called "SOUR GRAPES"

    Eds Monday, 23 March 2015 05:39 PM

    What is the difference between then and now ?

    upali Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:54 AM

    Correct but their idea is to strengthen the 100 day programme. After that we hope they will give up portfolios?according to them.

    Silva Monday, 23 March 2015 06:22 PM

    Yes, you are right, the CB governor should be sacked immediately and a prompt inquiry to be carried out and the culprits brought to books, if not, masses will reject both SLFP and UNP and will vote for JVP at the next elections, aswe have seen in Delhi, India !

    Suren Monday, 23 March 2015 06:23 PM

    Eds, exactly my point. Are you saying that when people voted My3 in they did not expect a change/difference to the better?


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