Megapolis and Western Development Minister and JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said today that Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen should step down from his post to facilitate investigations into charges made against him in the no confidence motion.
The Minister told a news conference that it would ensure that investigations were conducted properly on the ten counts put forward by the JO in its no confidence motion.
“These are criminal allegations that cannot be investigated by a Parliamentary Select Committee. They should be investigated by the police along with the intelligence agencies and other law enforcement authorities on the alleged crimes, support to terrorism and misappropriation of state funds,” he said.
He said it was questionable whether Mr. Bathiudeen could use his ministerial power to influence investigations. “Therefore, it is important for him to step down to facilitate free and fair investigations. If he is found guilty, action has to be taken appropriately,” he said.
He said the law enforcement authorities should dispense with investigations as soon as possible and divulge the findings to the people. Commenting on the no confidence motion against the government by the JVP, he said it should be taken up for debate as soon as possible.
It is the responsibility of the government and President Maithripala Sirisena not to keep the country in suspense on the outcome of the two no faith motions against the government and Minister Bathiudeen and fast track the no faith motion against the government, he added.
In response to a question by a journalist, Minister Ranawaka said the JHU will take the right decision at the right time on how to vote on the no faith motion against the government.
In reply to another query, Minister Ranawaka admitted that there was a huge protest in the country against governors Azath Zalley and A.L.M.Hisbulla and it is up to President Sirisena to take action against the two.
“Í believe that Western Province Governor Azath Zalley must refrain from making comments in the media as it will aggravate the already bad situation. If he says that he would use his powers to protect the Muslims, it is not correct because he has been appointed by the President to protect all civilians in the Western Province. “It is better if these controversial political figures keep their mouth shut and create a media circus when they get an opportunity to reach the media. It is good for them as well as the government,” Minister Ranawaka stressed. (Sandun Jayasekera) Pix by Nisal Baduge
Champika the opportunist now trying to get the attention of the nationalist block vote.
Borat Thursday, 30 May 2019 09:28 PM
Kossata banawa. Or cats paw.
High time these press conferences are banned or regulated. Keeping the circus going with elections in mind . This is also a type of terrorism
Sriwardane Thursday, 30 May 2019 10:20 PM
More than resigning this guy could flee the land to Saudi Arabia.
Nalaka Thursday, 30 May 2019 11:56 PM
At last, a Minister who is speaking sense!
Chanaka S Friday, 31 May 2019 02:38 AM
If he’s bad you are worst
Sarath Friday, 31 May 2019 03:42 AM
its you, started all nonsense, police should start the investigation from you, you are the reason for all racial and communal issues in Sri Lanka
Demuni de silva Friday, 31 May 2019 06:55 AM
This is really coup of the opposition to please the majority. Once we expelled Tamil leaders from the Parliament and we experienced severe repercussions.United we stand; divided we fall. We live in a global village not in a well.
Pawan Friday, 31 May 2019 07:57 AM
How come a guy who was instrumental in creating the mob attacks call shots unheaded. A known racist should be behind bars and first and foremost should resign rather than calling others.
Appu Friday, 31 May 2019 08:31 AM
It is a good idea in order to investigate without influence.
Lord Wolfstein Friday, 31 May 2019 09:09 AM
At present, public statements of this kind from the minister of a racist party about a ministerial colleague are not helpful. Such matters are dealt with discreetly within the government
Kumar Friday, 31 May 2019 08:18 PM
My suggestion to the minister and the other persons to stay and get themselves kicked out via NCM. That will show how brave those loud mouthed politicians are and you guys have nothing to lose.
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