Results don’t portray people’s expectations – AKD

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Accepting the defeat in the Presidential race, Jathika jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday (20) said it was not an unexpected result and however, no one should deceive themselves by believing the result portrays the people’s true expectations.

Dissanayake received only three votes in the poll in Parliament to elect a new President yesterday (20).

Speaking after the voting results were announced, Dissanayake said, “It is true that this result shows the current composition of Parliament. However, no one should believe this portrays the true expectations of the general public. There is a huge gap between the MPs’ conduct in this House and the expectations of the public. This election result does not reflect the ground reality. It is only restricted to the walls of this Chamber. People severely criticise the conduct of this Parliament. Unfortunately, we cannot expect more than this result from the House at this moment.”

Dissanayake said that they met many political parties and civil society movements, right after the people’s protests against former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government started.

“Why we know this result does not reflect the ground reality? That is because we met many factions, political parties and civil society movements. The proposal we presented them was to elect the President and the Premier from those who do not have affiliation with political movements. Once, the Speaker’s name was proposed for the Presidency as well. Name of an MP of Northern Province was proposed for the Prime Minister post. MP M.A. Sumanthiran’s name was proposed for the PM post. When we held discussions with MP Rauff Hakeem, he proposed to appoint two female MPs as the President and the PM. There were many progressive proposals like this. If we could have been able to implement any of these proposals, this House would have gain a positive image,” he said.

Speaking further, Dissanayake said he expected that Dullas Alahapperuma could get 113 votes following the announcement of several parties that they would support the latter during the vote.

“However, that did not happen. We have seen how the MPs were being traded in the past. We know the history of this. This is just like how trees are being sold in the villages. This is my opinion. Some might be offended by this. But I have to tell this in the Chamber because such uncivilised persons are here,” he stressed.

BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake