Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake today accepted UPFA MP Bandula Gunawardena’s challenge to a debate on the economic crisis and in turn challenged former president and finance minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to a debate on his government’s economic policies which resulted in the country being mired in an economic crisis.
The minister said he accepted the challenge because it was only ethical and reasonable that he took part in a debate with a person of a similar interenst in the subject.
“This is why as the current finance minister I challenge the former finance minister to a debate. Mr. Rajapksa is a major critic of the current economic policies. I like to debate on the subject of how the previous administration ruled this country for 12 years and ruined its economy. It is because of the political interference and mismanagement by the Rajapaksa regime that the economy is in ruins,” he told Daily Mirror.
The minister said he hoped the former president would come forward to address these issues and pointed out that if he was worried, concerned or unable to accept the challenge then Mr. Rajspaksa could send his ‘mouthpiece’ Bandula Gunawardena to the debate.
The minister said opposition members were at a loose end unaware of what steps to take next and that was why they were challenging him to a debate and planing to submit a no-confidence motion against him.
“Various elements keep throwing challenges but we have done so much to revive and maintain the economy during these 120 days,” he said.
On Saturday, Mr. Gunawardena challenged either the minister or Policy Planning and Economic Development Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva to a debate on the current economic crisis in the country.
The deputy minister has accepted the challenge and said Mr. Gunawardena had gone missing soon after. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Hey, leave it for the expert Harasha. Ravi, you will mess it up like the Rs.2400 debate. Please not that you are not an economist.
Neomal Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:43 PM
Do not insult the war heroes of our armed forces who sacrificed lives and beat the shit out of LTTE. MARA was not even an armchair general.
acn Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:18 PM
Your stupidity is mindboggling...
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:12 PM
I am no fan of RaviK, but he was acquitted of all charges over Sathosa during the MR regime. That itself proves that this accusation is utter gibberish. On the other hand, we all know abuse of power, nepotism, corruption, arrogance and massive black sheep projects under MR regime. So now u may decide who is the common thief and criminal.
podda Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:46 PM
Within 1 month he opened his kids mouth
sam Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:46 PM
Also the most corrupt.
LKcricket Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:29 PM
Ravindran Karunanayake. You are miles away from challenging Mahinda. The economics policy of the Mahinda Rajapakse government will be decided by the people! Let them decide! Let him come and contest for the Prime Minister post! Then you will understand the your STUPID challenge!
Daskon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:37 AM
Brother in Law to Manage Insurance Corp
ANTON Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:36 AM
NOW THE TREND IS BEING CHANGED FROM THE "ARREST" TO "CHALLENGES" SOON IT WILL BE CHANGED TO THE "REAL FIGHT"
das Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:25 AM
MR is clueless about economics.
Mason Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:03 AM
Bandula has gone missing since Harsh accepted the challenge. Interpol has to look for him !
upali Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:59 AM
A challenge by an ant to a elephant.
sadees Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:41 AM
Hats off for your Guts to call for an Debate.
lkboy Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:31 AM
Please dont make it like another 2500-debate, which you messed up.
nivaalbaaal Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:55 AM
hi so clearly you do not understand that having an economics degree is probably the worst
chintake Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:25 AM
MR gave the country with sound economic and coz of budget provisions and promises made by this govt made a country in to economic crisis.
TONY Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:40 AM
IT WILL BE HEALTHIER IF NO ONE CALL FOR CHALLENGES. DO NOT MAKE PEOPLE SUFFER AS A RESULT OF BLAMING EACH OTHER.
shane silva Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:37 AM
Mr. Ravi k, is this why you appointed your body guard to the sri lanka savings bank board.
Cyril n Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:21 AM
MR being an experienced politician should accept the challenge from Ravi K and face a debate without going round the country holding Bodhi poojas and speaking politics from there. Of course, there will be no prompers andHe should put his chest forward and face.
J Palitha Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:33 AM
If you ask Ex-king how to get loans from China on higher interest rates he will guide you Ravi, not on any subjects.
Vijith Pieterz Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:32 AM
What does MR know about Economics, he know only to loot.
Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:31 AM
Open chellenge good move, but see that Ex-king comes in normal form without being intoxicated.
Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:29 AM
Ravi you are a qualified person who works according to the books, but MR only reads what is written and given by his secretary.... this is the difference.
Bubble Banda Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:28 AM
Present FM Vs Ex-FM, good chellenge. We want to see this fight over the media soon.
Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:25 AM
Ravi call MR for a open debate on this subject over the TV.
Sharon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:04 AM
You will get a bigger challenge in Parliament probably today. Good luck. via DM Android App
simon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:15 AM
The grilling has changed to Debates !What a wasted of time and money when we have burning issues in the country !
Nims Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:26 AM
Ravi need to understand that the people of Sri Lanka got rid of such a powerful man because of the corruptions committed by his associates, family and himself. His economic policies was NOT accepted by the voters. Therefore it is not the time to challenge MR for a debate. But you it is time for you to defend your economic policies.
Tikiri Bandara Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:14 AM
Challenges and counter challenges. All these are political sideline shows. We should not erect ladders in the jungle for these monkeys. They know how to climb the trees.
Damien Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:19 AM
The country under MR prospered,Its a fact nothing to debate.The economy came down because the UNP followed populist policies to provide short term benefit expecting an early election but now things have backfired as UNP could not manipulate an early dissolution of parliament,
Manel Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:01 AM
His economic policy, if ever there was one was plundering the wealth of the poor to fill family coffers.
Hiran Gunawardena Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:41 AM
MR is the greatest national hero in history for what he done to 30yr old civil war killing over 70000 people. What on earth MR got to do with corrupt SATHOSA LOKKA? Biggest thief in the history. Heroes wont mix with thiefs like you . Just remember you no even worth MRs shoe dust
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