All-Party Govt could solve current crisis – Sirisena

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An all-party Government formed with the consent of all political parties could provide a quick and sustainable solution to the current crisis, former President and Chairman of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena said Friday (17).

Speaking at a media conference held at SLFP Headquarters, he said, “Today the crisis has reached a critical stage. People are dying in queues. The media only shows those who die in queues. More than that, we believe that people are dying because of this crisis. Teachers from two schools called me yesterday and said that students in schools faint in the morning as they had not have breakfast. We see people travelling by train and bus in a very dangerous way.”

He said that 75 per cent of the total number of farmers in Polonnaruwa have given up cultivating paddy due to the lack of diesel for agricultural machines rather than due to the fertiliser problem.

“No diesel for food transportation. As a result, food distribution throughout the country has been severely hampered. The food crisis is only going to get worse. We need for find a solution to this soon,” he added.

Speaking further, the former President said that the best solution to the crisis was an all party government, according to the foreign diplomats who met him.

Responding to an allegation made by a Member of Parliament on a YouTube programme that he had removed 106 pages of the report of the Presidential Commission on Central Bank Bond Fraud, the former President said that if such a thing had happened, legal action could be taken and the truth could be known from the members of that commission.

Speaking at the same conference, General Secretary of SLFP Dayasiri Jayasekara stated that his party fully supports the Bill to amend the Electricity Act but strongly opposes the illegal procedure to be carried out without calling for tenders. He added that the President should take steps to protect the investments and to resolve the energy crisis before forcing officials and local businessmen to bring investors.

By Sahan Tennekoon