JJB refuses to join All-Party Government

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The Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) yesterday (3) said it will not be a part of an All-Party Government formed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking to the media at JVP Headquarters, JJB Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the basis of an All-Party Government should be the forming of a Cabinet where all parties come together for a short period.

He said there was no mention about any of the roles, responsibilities, or the time period regarding the All-Party Government in the Policy Statement presented by the President yesterday in Parliament.

“We proposed an All-Party Government where every party can contribute. However, it did not work. We will not become stakeholders to an All-Party Government of ‘Ranil Rajapaksa.’ We will not back such a government,” he said. However, if the President can present a short-term programme for the present crisis, we can move forward by giving our proposals for that, Dissanayake added.

He also said Wickremesinghe is repressing the ‘Aragalaya’ by labelling the peaceful protesters as “terrorists.” He said despite talking about democracy, Wickremesinghe plans to divide the ‘Aragalaya’ into two groups as peaceful protesters and terrorists.

“Even though the President swore to reduce fraud and corruption in his Policy Statement yesterday, he has filled the Cabinet with fraudsters and crooks,” Dissanayake stressed.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi