The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, should immediately resign and form an
all-party Government with a new agenda to run the country, allowing Parliament to overcome the challenges together, former Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
In a letter to the President, Alahapperuma said, “Forming an all-party Government must be done immediately at a crucial juncture like this. It would be an unforgettable sacrifice in the Sri Lankan history. If it is delayed, the country will go backwards by decades. We have to understand that crucial fact.”
Alahapperuma also said that it is commendable that the President appointed a new Cabinet with a significant number of young MPs.
Unfortunately, that was also a step that was taken after a delay. Therefore, the ideal decision at this juncture would be is appointing an all-party Cabinet with a small number of ministers for a maximum of one year. The priorities of this step should be form national policies to lay foundation to establish a stable nation with national unity and plans needed be formed to show our road map to win the economic challenges, he added.
Alahapperuma also said that the Executive, the Cabinet and the majority of Parliament should be decided following principles of democracy, at an extremely important moment like this.
“Cheap political stunts such as crossovers using money and power, just to stay in power no matter what happens will deepen the crises, he pointed out.
For many decades, we witnessed people remaining silent during injustices. However, today we see that the current generation is not ready to commit the same mistake made by their older generations,” he said.
By Methmalie Dissanayake