The new Govt., no matter who forms it, will collapse: Vajira

Says the economy is in bad shape

24 June 2020 09:15 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The new government, which will be formed on August 6, will fall within a short time together with the country’s economy, former MP Vajira Abeywardene said yesterday.

He told a news conference that this would be the fate of the new government no matter who forms it.

“Sri Lanka’s economy is also bound to collapse as nothing has been done to support it in the wake of the global economic crisis resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic,” Mr. Abeywardene said. “The government is yet to pump in funds to the private sector as other countries have done.”

He said the government which was elected to office in 2000 fell in 2001 soon after the country’s economic growth reached a minus figure.

Mr. Abeywardene said media organisations should be given a grant because they had been updating the people on COVID-19 even in the absence of advertisements during the lock-down.

When asked whether the United National Party (UNP) had given up the idea of winning the election that given the current economic situation any new government would collapse, he said the UNP would anyhow form a government.

Mr, Abeywardene said the efforts by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to garner the support of all parties which supported former president Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 and field a common candidate had failed because some in the UNP held meetings at junctions demanding that then deputy leader Sajith Premadasa be made the prime ministerial candidate.

Meanwhile, UNP Gampaha District candidate Danawardene Guruge said the UNP lost the opportunity of winning the presidential election in 2019 because Mr. Premadasa had rushed things. “We were to have nominated Karu Jayasuriya as our candidate for the presidential election last year. He had the support of all religious leaders. However we are suffering because of the quick decisions taken last year,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Joshua Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:37 PM

    An astrologer from diyawanna.

    FF Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:49 PM

    RE LAST PARA OF THE ARTICLE, SAJITH LOST BECAUSE RW PUT A SPOKE IN THE WHEEL BY ANNOUNCING THAT HE WAS THE PM CANDIDATE. IF SLPP WINS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS MONEY WILL FLOW - NOT BECAUSE OF OUR STRENGTH - THEY WILL BORROW FROM CHINA

    Samson Wednesday, 24 June 2020 09:08 PM

    Your team is unfit to form a govt.

    Gona Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:27 PM

    This man says that the UNP will anyway form the Government. In the same breath he says that whoever forms the Govt. will collapse ! He does not seem to have a VISION or MISSION ?


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