Power hungry rulers unconcerned about people – Anura Kumara
By Anuradha Herath
Leader of the Colombo District Team of the National People's Power, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, says at the final rally in Colombo that Sri Lanka will face more calamities if Rajapaksas return to power.
The lives of the people of this country are not as valuable as the greed for power these rulers have. That is why they tried to hold an election amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was prevented due to the thoughtful decision made by the Election Commission. If not, there was a likelihood of a massive disaster occurring. We thank the Election Commission. When the date of the Election was being postponed, ministers and parliamentarians of the Government became thoroughly excited. They began attacking the Election Commission continuously. What they wanted to do was to hold the election in a hurry, before the people became aware of the actual nature of President Gotabaya.
This Government commenced the election campaign in the hope of obtaining two-thirds majority. What did this government do on behalf of farmers during the past eight months? What did they do to raise the standard of agriculture? What did they do for workers abroad who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for employees in free trade zones? Due to this pandemic, people who engaged in various businesses and earned an income were deprived of it. What did they do for them? Who will accept the responsibility of all this? There is no talk about these things on the platforms of Gotabaya and Mahinda at all. Neither are they heard on the platforms of Ranil and Sajith. The Government is now muttering about two-thirds majority all over the place.
If the Government is asking for two-thirds majority to amend the Constitution they have to tell the people, which part of the Constitution they will be amending. These people cannot in any case obtain two-thirds majority. They are trying to get the people’s signature for a blank cheque. Prior to people voting for the Government, they have to tell the people which part of the Constitution they are going to amend.
In 2010, twenty parliamentarians who were elected by UNP members got together with the Rajapaksas and ensured two-thirds majority. We remind you once again that the same thing will happen in the future. Therefore, if a struggle is to be launched against this spoilt, smelly politics we request the people of this country to vote for the Compass and to send in a larger number of Parliamentarians from the National People's Power to Parliament.
After 5 August, the situation in the country will worsen considerably. Just think of what happened during these past two or three days. Ever since this government came to power, they were in pursuit of Shani Abeysekera. During the time he was the Director of the CID, he took into custody a large number of criminals in the country and filed legal action against them. It was Shani Abeysekera who carried out investigations into these criminals who engaged in crime during the Rajapaksa era. From the day these people came to power, they were preparing to take revenge from him. We ask Police Officers of this country, if a certain investigation was conducted according to the responsibilities of duties assigned to them, and another government comes and imprisons the Officer who conducted this investigation, whether such a culture should be encouraged in our country. Is such a culture good for this country?