BY Thameenah Razeek
Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa said, the Government is laying the groundwork to resurrect the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement, which was defeated by the effort of many MPs earlier.
He also said, the people’s mandate was given to the Government not to become beggars to other countries while in crisis, but it could be seen that other countries are attempting to reach various agreements with the Government becausethe Government has a majority in Parliament. Addressing the Media, he said these Agreements are submitted to Cabinet after being signed and agreed upon and Parliament was unaware of the goings on.
“It is also clear that the Agreements have raised concerns about the country’s sovereignty. We have learned that the MCC Agreement, which we defeated in a fierce battle during the previous administration, is being revived by this administration. This demonstrates that the Government’s path has been completely altered,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same Media briefing, Ven. Prof. Madagoda Abhayatissa Thera said the defeat in 2015 was caused by a particular person and that person was the current Finance Minister, Basil Rajapaksa. “We knew Basil Rajapaksa was a person who would go against the will of the people. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked me to have faith in him. He said a new Constitution is being drawn up.The President said dual citizenship will be prohibited under the new Constitution. I then asked him this question against the backdrop of past Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga and Maithripala Sirisena, as well as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, being unable to draw up a Constitution with a clause to eliminate dual citizenship. Do you believe you will be able to do so? Then he queried if I thought the existing President was like them,” he continued. Weerawansa then saidit was not only the pandemic that was responsible for the crisis,adding that the fundamental reason was that the people who worked hard to bring the Government to power have been ousted, and others have taken their place.
“The Leaders were duped and the country is now in jeopardy as a result. We should ask the President to explain the people’s mandate given to him. When the President took office, he paid a visit to the Pepiliyana Rajamaha Viharaya and I told him about a ruler who sacrificed her daughter by throwing her into the sea. I asked the President who would be willing to sacrifice one’s own daughter. I am not asking the President to give up everything, but I am asking him to put aside some of his loved ones,” he said. Weerawansa further said that he told the President, “While Basil Rajapaksa may be an honourable person for you all to embrace, the people do not think so.”
Following the Media briefing, MP Ven. Athuruliye RathanaThera spoke to the Media, saying that when they attended the All Party Conference, Basil Rajapaksa’s comments were disgusting and that they were not pleased.
Meanwhile, former Minister UdayaGammanpilastressed that the highest votes gathered for the 20 Amendment is 156, outlining how they intend to deprive the Government of its majority in Parliament. “Three ministers were fired as a result, bringing the total to 153. When the 30 MPs from the Government-affiliated 11 parties are deducted, the total number of MPs is merely 123. To deny the majority, the number of MPs supporting the motion should be 112. There are just 11 MPs left.There are more than 11 SLPP MPs who support us. We shall demonstrate our strength at the appropriate time. There are only two options for changing the Government. The first is to oppose the budget, and the second is to introduce a motion of no confidence. Wait and see what happens in the future,” he said.