Y.P. Fernando, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), too has joined the mission of openly criticising the economic solutions adapted by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, following months of debt default suffered by the island nation since the official announcement in May this year.
Speaking to a meeting convened by Minister Bandula Gunawardena at the Presidential Secretariat recently, Mrs. Fernando has made an offensive criticism and impulsively stated that the President’s economic programme is inaccurate and that there is no way forward for the country upon its implementation. The CBSL Deputy Governor’s comments levelling allegations against the three months old Wickremesinghe regime depicting a blissful ignorance towards the two and a half years of economic catastrophe brought by the decisions to which the CBSL officials too contributed under the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime have made Minister Gunawardena speechless, according to sources.
Fernando and other CBSL bodies levelling with her seem to think that the country’s economy collapsed due to Wickremesinghe’s conduct, when, in reality, the CBSL heads, like herself, who should be held accountable for the disaster befallen the country, are now posing as petitioners gearing up to pin the blame on the shoulders of Wickremesinghe the new President.
Her criticism comes in as another segment of utter nonsense in a trend that the ousted Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa himself bequeathed to the country. Naming one, Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe as the Governor of the CBSL and Nivard Cabraal’s successor together with Sabry the then Finance Minister officially declared Sri Lanka a bankrupt nation by announcing a debt default within a few days after assuming his position.
Today, the country is suffering from a franchise of difficulties due to the wrongful decisions taken by the CBSL without the approval of the Monetary Board or even the Cabinet. But people like Weerasinghe, the current CBSL Chief, ascribing the presidential power of Rajapaksa, continuously criticised Wickremesinghe when he was still the Prime Minister of the country and always endeavoured himself to convince the public that he was above Wickremesinghe. The recent events reveal that he has passed that on to Mrs. Fernando as well!
Weerasinghe hailing himself as the caped crusader continued to attack Wickremesinghe, but the UNP Leader turned the Prime Minister and then the President did not take any measure against the CBSL Governor’s provocations. Joining the same operation of openly criticising Wickremesinghe, who is now the President of Sri Lanka, the CBSL Deputy Governor too has prepared her arrows to be thrown at his direction.
President Wickremesinghe should understand that this must end one way or another.