Most politicians instigating racism and extremism: Liyanage

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Most of the current politicians are attempting to instigate racism and extremism to stabilise politically, Sri Lanka Labour Party Presidential Candidate A. S. P. Liyanage said yesterday.

Addressing a media briefing, he said that because of such politicians the country is falling to distress and debt.

“I have started my occupation as a teacher and now I’m a successful businessman. I have a clean career background without any corruption or being part of any extremist activities,” he said.

He said the Labour Party is a major political party in both countries and some already lead the countries.

“Sri Lanka Labour Party is comprised of poor labourers, middle class, rich people and as well as the professionals. I have discussed with several professionals. No single professional is representing our parliament. They are just politicians.

In 1978, J. R. Jayawardene said that to develop the country, professionals also should be in parliament. The late president introduced the national list concept in parliament to give an opportunity to them,” he said.

However, Mr Liyanage said that the corrupt leaders had misused that concept and appointed the politicians who were rejected by the people.

“I have served as the envoy to Nigeria and Qatar. So I'm the most qualified candidate among all the presidential candidates contesting the election. After the presidential election, there would be a parliament election in March 2020. So we need to appoint professionals to the parliament instead of corrupt politicians,” he said.

Speaking on religious leaders involved with politics, he said religious leaders should only do the religious activities and not politics.

He said his political manifesto would be launched before November 7. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 4

  • S.Sangaralingham Friday, 01 November 2019 09:14 AM

    Thinking high but having poor opinion not essential. All winners must know if racism religious hatred prevail future of the country end in a state of disgrace to thoughtful citizens and dignified people who thing humanity at a highest level. Many a politician may thing current status serve them well but they are wrong social and human dignity elevate all

    S.Sangaralingham Friday, 01 November 2019 09:16 AM

    National list concept not used wisely as we noted losing candidate back there not one of the others quoted

    Jude Friday, 01 November 2019 09:48 AM

    Liyanage should donate some money to charity!! Yeah, he's spending unnecessary to have his name in the Ballot paper!!!

    Anula Friday, 01 November 2019 10:05 AM

    You may be qualified, but you are the most corrupt and inciting racism together with rajapakshas,


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