The real target of the No-confidence motion submitted by the Joint Opposition was not the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but the President Maithripala Sirisena and the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Petroleum Industries Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday.
He said more details would be revealed soon and underscored the fact that the UNP and the Prime Minister were in a better position right now than in the aftermath of the LG polls.
The minister told a media conference that however he was disappointed and unhappy over the lackluster performance of the Yahapalana government to bring to book the murderers and fraudsters engaged in big-time financial crimes like money laundering, embezzlement, bribery and other misdeeds under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
"The motion was planned by those who have no future in politics. They expect to come to Parliament after the next general elections through the back door because none of them could win in an election," he said. “The mandate given to the President and the Prime Minister in January and August 2015 by 6.2 million voters was not to bring down the cost of living or reduce prices of essential commodities but to put an end to the widespread corruption, nepotism, mismanagement and restore the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and the media and strengthen democratic establishments. The government has done much to fulfil those pledges except arresting the big fish involved in corruption and crime."
Commenting on the government's electoral setback at the LG polls, the minister said the Yahapalana government had failed to market its people-friendly policies and relief and facilities provided to the people during the past three years.
“The government's propaganda machine during the LG election campaign was an utter failure. It did not take the message of good governance, the benefits enjoyed by the masses, increase in salaries of public servants by Rs.10,000, the price reduction of most essential commodities, the price reduction in medicine, fuel and transport fare and power tariff, constitution of independent commissions etc and restoring of Sri Lanka’s good name among the global community to the people in a convincing manner,” the minister said.
He said he also at fault for not marketing his people-friendly projects as a minister because he never liked to give priority to publicity or politics.
Responding to the Daily Mirror, the minister said it was the responsibility of the UNP and the SLFP to protect good governance because this was a coalition. At the 2015 general election, the voters did not give an absolute majority to any of the two main parties. Therefore, both parties have a mandate to rule the country until 2020 jointly. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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Comments - 7
Martin Milton Friday, 23 March 2018 01:12 PM
If this is true the 'JO' needs to take a long hard look at themselves for trying to hoodwink the people. This could negate ALL the plusses they gained recently. What a pity if they have carried out this fraud. It would be sufficient for the people to turn their backs on JO and turn to an entirely NEW national minded and truly patriotic leadership apart from the present corrupt leadership. Let us hope this is what will happen. Both, most members of the former GOSL and present day participants of GOSL are totally out of date and corrupt to the hilt and they lie like no other. So good riddance to all of them if an entirely NEW leadership is formed. MM
Jema Saturday, 24 March 2018 08:18 AM
Arjuna must take medication
Haramanis Friday, 23 March 2018 01:53 PM
Yes Dear Arjuna we really believe that you have indeed delivered all the benefits that you speak of!!
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Friday, 23 March 2018 04:43 PM
Arjuna Ranathunga,This is the view point of the lady who worked behind the scene to save Ranil Wickremasinghe just not to save him or government or to save the country, but only because of her enmity with former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Sujeewa Friday, 23 March 2018 06:37 PM
Muuta Pissu.Arjuna badly needs to receive treatment from Angoda!
dickie bird Friday, 23 March 2018 06:40 PM
Nimal Tissa Wijetunge...who is that lady you reffer to? The one who manhandled the petroleum Minister when he was caught unawares when in an uncompromising position in his birthday suit?
Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Friday, 23 March 2018 08:32 PM
Everybody knows who is the lady has enmity with former President Mahinda Rajapakse. Arjuna Ranathunga in this instance her mouth piece only by giving those comments in this article to destabilise the No confidence motion against the Prime Minister as that lady is most dreaded, upset by the re-emergence of Mahinda Rajapakse through the recently concluded LG Elections.
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