Govt using crisis to carry forward agendas – Wimal


National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said, he believes the Government is trying to implement agendas under the cover of the current crisis.  He stated this at a press conference held yesterday (27).

Weerawansa also commented on Sri Lanka not buying oil from countries such as Russia where oil is available at concessionary rates.

“Russia has turned to the Asian market as they have lost the European market. Many countries like India, Singapore and Malaysia now buy oil from Russia. India gets a 35 per cent advantage from it. Meanwhile, we make unwise decisions about the country for personal gain,” he said.

He added the Foreign Exchange Act should be amended immediately. A foreign exchange fund should be set up and regulated by an All-Party Trust Board. He also added that this would reaffirm international trust.

He also claimed Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara is trying to privatise the power supply, saying the reason for the oil crisis is the monopoly by the Government.

“Former Prime Minister Sirima Bandaranaike established the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation in the 70s because she believed that the Government should have the monopoly of energy.

According to Minister Wijesekera that decision is wrong. Sometimes Indian companies will be linked to our power grid claiming that the electricity crisis will escalate in future. In this way, India will take the power supply of our country. If so, Sri Lankans will have to seek the consent of India to form a Government in future. We should not allow Sri Lanka to be the 29th State in India,” he added.

By Sahan Tennekoon