JVP seeks reassurance from President
By Nabiya Vaffoor
The JVP, on 12 January, vowed to continue protests against the Government, until President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announces that the Government would not sell the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port.
Speaking at a protest held at Galle Face Green, JVP Politburo Member, K.D. Lalkantha, said protests will continue like wildfire, if the President failed to confirm that the Government has not and will not sell any percentage of the East Container Terminal.
“The people voted for this Government believing that Gotabaya Rajapaksa would protect the national resources. But he is continuing to sell them. There are 23 trade unions in the Colombo Harbour. All the trade unions have gathered here to show their objection in this regard,” he said.
Speaking at the same protest, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake claimed that since 1978, Sri Lankans were governed by political brokers, instead of political leaders.
“If we recall the political history since 1978, Sri Lanka was literally governed by broker companies instead of governments. First, there was the tenure of the J.R. Jayewardene broker company, which sold all the garment factories and estates of our country. After that, the tenure of the Premadasa broker company which sold all the important factories of our country. Then the Bandaranaike broker company sold many important factories such as the steel factory, milk powder factory, and the national carrier Air Lanka. The Wickremesinghe broker company which came after Bandaranaike sold the Hambantota Port and many important national resources. During the tenure of the Rajapaksa broker company, lands of Army Headquarters and the Army Hospital were replaced by luxury hotels. The heart of the national resources was sold by them,” he said.