SLFP MP Angajan Ramanthan said that People wanted a ‘breathing space’, and the last two months have been a struggle to achieve political stability, whether you like Ranil Wickremesinghe or not. “It may have arrived after people had been cornered, but an interim government is now required,” he quipped.
He said the Tamil National Alliance has promised to support Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to help revive the economy, and that the SLFP will also support the interim government.
The MP recalled that the leader of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) was asked to take over as Prime Minister, but his Party saw many complications and may have decided not to accept the position. However, the MP believes that everyone’s collaboration to help the country to recover from the economic crisis is the way forward. “The primary goal is to get the country out of its current crises, and I believe we should all work together to help the economy recover to its fullest potential,” he said.
He also said the government’s biggest mistake was not foreseeing what was coming and failing to create awareness regarding the actual situation to the public in advance. He added that there was no backup plan, which exacerbated the crisis.
“The parliament saw no solution to the political crisis that led to violence, and everyone wanted a breathing space. It was the ‘daily wage’ people among others who are greatly affected by the fuel and gas crises. In my opinion we badly need a stable government; which we did not have,” he added.
”People want normalcy to return, and I believe it is high time all parties rally around the Prime Minister.”
MP Ramanathan said there are severe shortages of essential items in all three districts of the Northern Province, and urged the Prime Minister to pay due attention in this regard.
According to the Jaffna District Development Council’s assessment, there are around 200,000 families in the district, with 88,000 of them living in poverty. The World Bank has also targeted these families, providing them with Rs 5,000 per month per family for three months.
“These are fishermen and farmer families; and urea fertilizer sells for Rs 30,000 per bag today,” he said adding that the fuel crisis has impacted fishermen’s families. He stated that the Agri secretariat is expected to distribute fertiliser to ‘farmer organisations’. “Life is all about hope,” he continued, adding that people want a decent life.
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan