JVP slams PM’s address


By Aloka Kasturiarachchi

Propaganda Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation on 11 April showed no solutions to the crises in the country.

He said despite the fact that Rajapaksa claimed to have 60 years of political experience he had demoted himself to the level of a Pradeshiya Sabha member because of his sluggish speech.  Addressing the Media, Herath said hundreds of people wanted to hear a  solution to the serious economic and political crises in the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 11 April.

“The entire country saw his immaturity. Despite torrential rains, the youth are agitating day and night to relieve the pressure in their hearts. The Prime Minister hasn’t picked up on their heartbeat. The Prime Minister has no idea what Sri Lankans all over the world are saying with one voice,” Herath said. He alleged that either the Prime Minister has lost his senses with age or they are deliberately trying to push the issue elsewhere. 

“The Prime Minister’s speech was about war, Covid-19, and the ‘88-89 era”. 

Herath said it has now been 13 years since the end of the war. “The people hoped that the country would be economically stronger after the war. This was stated by the leaders. However, 13 years after the end of the war, there are issues that did not even exist during the war. 

People had a littale bit of hope in Mahinda Rajapaksa after Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s downfall. That has been shattered by his address last night. What the Prime Minister did was cover up the real issue and make an indirect threat to save his younger brother; the President. They are trying to cover up the issue by making various allegations. We reiterate to the Government not to continue that game,” he further said.

“As a Prime Minister who has been in politics for 60 years, we cannot allow these issues to escape,” Herath said.

“We are with the people. The only way out of this economic and political crisis is to create a people’s government. The economic crisis cannot be resolved without an answer to the political crisis. We will bring back the collapsed country. We invite the people to intervene. Let us overthrow corrupt family rule and build a people’s government. We urge the people to be prepared for that,” he added.