Only Ranil can salvage this country - Vajira
By Naalir Jamaldeen
UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardena yesterday (13) claimed that UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe is the only person who is capable of resolving the current economic crisis in the country.
Abeywardena claimed that it is clear and an undeniable fact that the country had achieved tremendous economic and livelihood development during the UNP regime beginning 1977 till 1994.
He said under the Yahapalana Government led by the United National Front, various steps were taken to resolve the economic crisis of the country while introducing many concessionary packages including reducing fuel prices by a great amount.
Abeywardena said if the UNP had been elected, sustainable development could have been achieved. China started to economically compete with the world in 1978 and during a period of 50 years it has achieved its development goals. Singapore too achieved its development goals within the aforesaid period of time, he said.
Abeywardena said a powerful Constitution was drafted in 1978 with the view to achieving sustainable economic goals as China and Singapore did.
“As the Constitution was amended in 1988, the country happens to experience its negative consequences. At the time when the country was facing severe difficulties, UNP came to power led by Wickremesinghe in 2001. Within a period of three years he took every possible step to develop bilateral and multilateral relations with powerful countries to resolve economic issues.
“UNP has the leadership with diplomatic skills. Wickremesinghe is the only leader who has the capacity to deal with the international community to resolve the burning economic crisis of this country”, Abeywardena added.