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A pointless reshuffle: MR

25 February 2018 06:44 pm - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that the Cabinet reshuffle was pointless as there was nothing new in it, while observing that removing the portfolio of Highways from the Minister from Kandy was a loss to the Kandy people.

Speaking to the media after visiting the Sri Dalada Maligawa and the two prelates of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters in Kandy Mr. Rajapaksa criticized the Local Government Elections Act under which the recent elections were held claiming that the new local government election law has created a mess in many local government bodies as no party had been given the absolute majority in them.

He attributed the situation to what he said the borrowing of clauses from here and there to enact the law. "This is a wrong system. Under this system winner gets less and the opposition parties get more. Parties lost in all wards get a lot of seats" the former President charged.

Accusing that this government has done nothing during its tenure the Kurunegala District MP said what they have achieved so far was only "taking loans and taking revenge" (Naya gaththa, pali gaththa).

He said that the revenge policy of the government was such that a judge and and a former Chief Justice were going to be hauled before the courts just because they had expressed a certain opinion. "This is a very dangerous trend. A judge must have the right and the freedom to deliver a ruling. This applies to the Attorney General's Department as well. At this rate, even the present Attorney General could be accused of expressing his view on the duration of President's term" he argued.

Mr. Rajapaksa said that the construction of highways and roads was moving at a snail's pace as the present rulers did not know how to do it. The main reason is these people do not have money and the monies borrowed from other countries are spent on food. They have taken an incredible amount of loans while accusing the former government for borrowings, he claimed.

The former President argued that economy would not be strong and investors would not come to the country so long as the country is unstable and added that the rupee was depreciating each day, sky rocketing the prices. If the government cannot rule the country, the members of the Parliament must take a decision to dissolve the parliament and hand over the country to somebody who is capable do so. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)


Video by Chamil Rupasinghe

  Comments - 26

  • JD Sunday, 25 February 2018 06:53 PM

    This reshuffle is your wish.... Implemented by HE..

    Lanka Shantha Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:07 PM

    Sir wait 10 more days.Then say about your opinion..

    Ricardo Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:10 PM

    To whom to do you want to hand over the government too as under your time out country was robbed and misused and humans rights was never existed making roads and running Road races did not feed the poor and people lived in fear as everything was run by one family who controlled everything so give some one else but not the people who robbed our country and became one of the richest in Sri Lanka

    Namal Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:10 PM

    You relax. Your turn is over no point barking now member of parliament

    Yeti Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:14 PM

    But deep down he loves it!!!

    Samantha Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:15 PM

    yes,it was a pointless reshuffle. Due to your pressure to avert the Law

    Sarath Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:30 PM

    If the local govt elections system is bad how come all you JO johnnies voted for it? Get lost! You got seats proportionate to your vote. You didn't get majority vote that's why no majority seats

    Mandayan Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:35 PM

    Sir, the problem is, the world poet wanted you in power to get rid of LTTE and they want you no more. Now we know why CBK and all did not try fully to remove LTTE.

    sach Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:35 PM

    What we need is a general election and put an end to the instability in the country

    SN Monday, 26 February 2018 09:08 AM

    The instability is that they cannot rob from the Councils when the other party is in power. So to do so they have to need the Government and Presidents power to fully clean it up fully.

    TJ Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:38 PM

    Absolutely. Without law and order to SF, it is really a pointless reshuffle.

    ase Monday, 26 February 2018 12:51 PM

    why always negative. don't you see that more young people come forward instead of one family

    Kumara Dharmarathne Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:41 PM

    Sir,we thought you will be the happiest person to hear that PM got the Ministry of law and order.

    Saman Sunday, 25 February 2018 07:41 PM

    Why you didn't tell your buddy RW? Didn't he get your opinion? Not good for your deal agreements.

    Siricya Monday, 26 February 2018 07:08 AM

    Everything is pointless. What you did from 2005 to 2015 and even now what you do and what you plan for future also poinless. The only meaningful thing what you did during your office as the President is that you stopped sending RW to the prison due to the allegations over Batalanda Torture Chamber. If you didn't do that, there will be no Ranil to stop sending you to jail. This is called reciprocity.

    raj Monday, 26 February 2018 08:00 AM

    Please become the president of Sri Lanka so that international community can pressure the government to deliver justice, and to remove Mr.Sampanthan from opposition post so that he can concentrate on Tamil people issues.

    Ajja Monday, 26 February 2018 08:14 AM

    The precious five years ruled by this government is a utter waste of time and will go country backward.No progress in any aspect at all.....

    KOLA KOTIYA Monday, 26 February 2018 08:56 AM


    alex Monday, 26 February 2018 09:03 AM

    look who is talking of justice to Chief Justice

    agasthi Monday, 26 February 2018 09:27 AM

    Your turn is over, retire gracefully. Please allow them to do their jobs.

    Labby Monday, 26 February 2018 11:34 AM

    Shutup you old rogue. Shutup and mind your own business. You had you time and you thoroughly misused it.

    tishan Monday, 26 February 2018 01:15 PM

    Very true.we have been rereshuffling fo 70 years.Now quit all of you shameless thives.

    David Monday, 26 February 2018 01:25 PM

    The current Government is joke of a joke, so please wait until it rotten away soon.

    alex Monday, 26 February 2018 02:05 PM

    GOSL does not need a certificate from a rogue looter

    cw Monday, 26 February 2018 03:51 PM

    Spot on. I am still looking for what has been looted. Can you please name one with proof, so that I can file a case

    fayaz Monday, 26 February 2018 04:39 PM

    the pointless things you,your siblings,your children,your relatives and your gang of thieves did the public remembers very well (atleast a small portion of the public have some intelligence)

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