Those in favour should be clear about plans


UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said yesterday (6) that there should be clear plans that  can offer solutions to crises if an all-party government is the only way to tackle the country’s economic and other difficulties.

Bandara asked if Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake would be prepared to nominate Samagi Jana Balawegaya Leader, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and former President Maithripala Sirisena, and vice versa.

Bandara also said that Premadasa, Dissanayake and Sirisena, who are seeking an all-party government, must clarify to the people their plans in this regard.

Bandara questioned whether Dissanayake was trying to get people to the streets on 9 July and that it was something the JVP had failed to do in 1971 and in 1988 and 1989.

He said that someone should be in charge if an all-party government is created and that he is willing to question the three leaders who will be appointed as the Government’s caption.

According to Bandara, the three have the same nature but differ only in nomenclature.

“Dissanayake should not forget that they created a situation in 1971 by forcing people unto the streets. They inflicted extensive damage to the country. Creating such conditions in the 1980s and 1990s, they killed youth and the elderly without mercy,” Bandara claimed.

“Dissanayake who is trying to resolve the economic crisis by taking power did nothing to the country while serving as a Cabinet Minister during President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s regime. Despite having promised to construct 10,000 tanks in the country, he did not build a single pool.

He said that all must unite to set up a political process. However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been trying to rebuild the devastated economy of this country while resolving livelihood issues of people in this country. All political parties in Parliament must work together to resolve the political issues.

“I categorically say that Sajith failed, Sirisena failed, Dissanayake failed but not Wickremesinghe. He is shouldering the country today to resolve its deep rooted economic crisis”, he said.

By Naalir Jamaldeen