Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said he could have become the President had he made crude decisions by devaluing democracy and forgotten morality.
Addressing the Electorate Board of Authority meeting of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) yesterday (06) the Opposition Leader pledged that no titles will ever be accepted without the consent of the people, adding that the difficult situation befallen the country should be understood and that everyone, therefore, should be joining hands to build it. The SJB would be ready to build the country by joining hands through a parliamentary committee system without craving for ministerial positions, he emphasised.
Today the people are in immense pain and there was no queue before the 2019 Presidential Election as they lived with self-esteem and minimal inflation, Premadasa went on, adding that due to the short-sighted administration of the Rajapaksa family and the Pohottu Politics led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the country is going around the world begging for dollars.
The current administration led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe is imposing emergency regulations to abolish the democratic rights of the people and hunting trade union leaders, forgetting the very President’s sentiments as a member of Parliament that the arrest of Stalin, Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, would risk the GSP+ concession, he added.
The Opposition Leader condemned the recent events in which people were being murdered and houses were being set on fire throughout the country, as well as the brutal fist implemented by the government, stressing that the government cannot use the emergency regulations to violate democratic rights.