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President violated election law: SLPP

30 January 2018 06:44 pm - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of having violated election laws by saying funds won’t be allocated to the Local Government (LG) bodies that are won by the SLPP.

It said Minister Lakshman Kiriella had also said the funds would be distributed through Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the LG bodies.

“This is a threat made to discourage SLPP voters and to collect votes for the SLFP and UNP. Council funds belong to people and they should be distributed among LG bodies irrespective of the political party which governs it. Funds are not handouts or the private property of either the President or the Premier,” SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris told a news briefing.

He pointed out that threatening to cut off funds to a LG body was a violation of election law as well as depriving the fundamental rights of the people.

Apart from issuing threats, he said the government continues to mislead the masses.

“The government says action will be taken against those who are responsible for the bond scam. However, Arjuna Mahendran is still in Singapore. No action will be taken against him as it was he who helped and facilitated the ‘Singapore meetings’ which helped this government to come to power,” he said.

Meanwhile, MP Bandula Gunawardana said the joint opposition had been critical about the inefficiency and fiscal mismanagement of the United National Party for years although the President had only taken notice of it just as an election was pending. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  Comments - 5

  • Eds Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:41 PM

    Mahendrans involvement in the Singapore meetings are common knowledge so nothing to worry, Mahendran the facilator, mahendran the financier, mahendran the thief is well safe with Sirisena

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:00 PM

    As a law professor, Peiris should know that there is no legal option to have a Singaporean citizen extradited from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

    Realist Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:05 PM

    So only now you all learnt that funds belong to the people andthat it's not anyone's private property. Remind yourself how funds were utilized during the previous regime.

    Realist Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:05 PM

    So only now you all learnt that funds belong to the people andthat it's not anyone's private property. Remind yourself how funds were utilized during the previous regime.

    kamal Wednesday, 31 January 2018 01:34 PM

    Laws G L peris violated were also immence.


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