Constitutional amendments won’t resolve crisis

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UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena yesterday (4) claimed bringing the 21st Amendment, repealing the 20th Amendment, and forming an all-party Interim Government will not solve the present crisis.

“It will not provide a steady supply of fuel, electricity, medicines and other essential commodities. Forming an all-party government will not bring USD to the country,” he said.

Abeywardena said due to the wrong decisions taken by the Government, the people have been severely affected and solutions must be found immediately.

He added that owing to the imprudence of the Government, the country is facing a number of problems. “The people must select a political party which has the capability to resolve their problems. The 225 MPs have also understood this fact. At this critical juncture, attempting to gain political mileage is not fair,” he said.

“The main issue is the economic crisis. Some were trying to make use of the economic crisis to protect their stand in politics. UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who became the Prime Minister in 2015, reduced the price of gas from Rs 2,650 to Rs 1,540. Those prices remained unchanged for several years. Unfortunately, the present Government’s conduct has pulled the country into a disaster,” Abeywardena said.

“The people need an economic solution rather than constitutional amendments. The UNP Leader is the only one who is capable of resolving these issues,” Abeywardena added.

By Naalir Jamaldeen