Basil influencing Govt decisions

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alleged several recent decisions of the Government are influenced by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the rest of the Rajapaksa family.

Speaking to the media yesterday (16), MP Mujibur Rahman claimed that although the SLPP and its members tried to distance themselves from the Rajapaksa family, Basil Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa keep returning to the fold.

“Several recent decisions of the Government are influenced by former Minister Rajapaksa. The SLPP is now pushing for a clause in the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution which will prevent the President from dissolving Parliament after two-and-a-half years,” he added.

Rahman said this move was also influenced by the Rajapaksa family.

Meanwhile, Rahman said the proposal regarding the formation of an All-Party Government is still under discussion.

“The President has been in office for a month. He is yet to form an All-Party Government despite his promises,” he added.

In addition, Rahman questioned the removal of the ban imposed on several Tamil Diaspora organisations.

“The Rajapaksas used race to gain political mileage during the election. They banned those organisations without any investigation, and now the President has removed the ban. Now, we need to ask them what they think about that. These are the things that ruined the image of this country in the eyes of the international community,” he stressed.

Rahman also said it is not the Rajapaksas who will suffer because of these things, but the people of the country.

By Nabiya Vaffoor