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Don't enter politics seeking riches: PM

20 March 2018 08:31 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Don’t become politicians who search for luxuries after coming to the field as paupers, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the newly elected members of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) yesterday.

The Prime Minister came up with this advice during the swearing-in of new CMC members including the first woman mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake at Temple Trees last evening.

“You are faced with a task of saving the city dwellers from Dengue, resolving the garbage issue and keeping the city clean. Therefore get on with these tasks,” the Prime Minister said. Also, he said the members of CMC should remember that most of the dwellers in Colombo are poor.

“Some politicians own only a push bicycle when they come to politics but later obtain Benz cars. Don’t think of becoming such politicians,” he added.

Also, he requested the UNP members of the CMC to help the government to carry forward its ten-year plan which it intends to implement shortly.

Ms Senanayake said she together with the other UNP members of the CMC would work as one family to make Colombo a smart and beautiful city. Also, she said she would strive towards bringing people of all races and religions in the city together. She said her task would be easier than her predecessors as she would be working with a UNP led central government. Ms Senanayake said the UNP has been able to get 29 women candidates elected to the CMC.

National Organizer of the UNP Bikkhu Front Venerable Ambanpola Gnanaloka Thera said politicians who begin their career from the CMC should work for the party rather than working with individual people. (Yohan Perera)

Pix by Pradeep Pathirana

  Comments - 15

  • Hari M Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:09 AM

    Don't enter politics to nothing, other than hang on to power and linger forever like a bad smell! oh well you can only advice people who have dignity and self respect...

    Suni Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:19 AM

    This advice about riches should apply to you and your bank robbers. As for the CMC, I can say at the outset that the UNP will make a real mess of this also.

    suresh Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:21 AM

    do as i say, not as i do

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:32 AM

    Absolutely true.... Weerawansa (Gamlath), MaRa, Aluthgamage, Vasideva, Gota, Basil, Namal, Daisy Archi are just a few.

    Bobby Pereira Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:20 AM

    You baffalo, How about Ranil himself, Ravi and Rajitha etc. Ranil robbed the C bank in order to have cash in order to bribe the MPs for Ranil to be in power eternally.

    upali Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:17 AM

    Look who is talking...........

    Sincere Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:41 AM

    Then, why did you bring a Singaporean to the position of the CB Governor?

    JOKER Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:50 AM

    he is right. there is nothing left to steal. all gone already.

    Citizen Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:51 AM

    After coming to power rob the Central Bank

    Voter Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:25 PM

    Some collect funds saying for the party while a part goes into own pocket. No accounting or auditing.

    Freddy Yong Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:43 PM

    By the way, what is that former Finance Minister who fell from grace doing in very close proximity to the fair lady in all the pictures ?

    Anandh Jeganathan Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:51 PM

    “Some politicians own only a push bicycle when they come to politics but later obtain Benz cars. Don’t think of becoming such politicians,” he added.Making money after coming to politics... looks like he has forgotten the BOND... ha..ha..ha..

    sacre blieu Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:59 AM

    The great pretender.

    sil Thursday, 22 March 2018 07:28 PM

    A persona Non Grata is there , Who and Why?

    Jayasinhha Thursday, 22 March 2018 08:46 PM

    If that is so stop giving duty free luxury cars and perks to all parliament mps also. Late them serve the people who elected them with the barest necessities. The whole system is bad.


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