Talks with President futile exercise – AKD


In response to the letter President Ranil Wickremesinghe sent to the Jathika Jana Balawegaya yesterday (11), MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said discussing about an All-Party Government is no longer realistic and it is a futile endeavour. Wickremesinghe sent a letter to Dissanayake, expressing his disappointment over the JJB boycotting the meeting to discuss forming an All-Party Government.

The JJB, in its reply letter, strongly emphasised that it is futile to join a Government that has been already formed as a part of Rajapaksa Regime.

However, the party is ready to respond positively if the President presents any realistic programme with a specific time frame to resolve this crisis, Dissanayake said.

“If there was a sincere desire to go for an interim all-party programme by presenting a short-term solution to the economic, political, and social crises, that opportunity was former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s departure from the country,” he added.

“However, that great opportunity is long gone now,” he stressed.

Dissanayake added that the President is inviting the opposition parties to form an All-Party Government, but at the same time he is maintaining the State of Emergency in the country, trying to obtain Court orders to take away the right to protest.

“Further, a government formed through the present Parliament under the names of ‘All-Party’ or ‘Multi-Party’ has no mandate or moral right to rule the country for an extended period.”

“We strongly emphasise that an election should be held and a new mandate should be given,” he added.

By Aloka Kasturiarachchi