Former President MP Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) District Convention in Polonnaruwa stated that he had handed over a beautiful country with no problems.
Pointing out that blaming the government for the situation befallen the country at the moment provides no solution, the former President suggested that all those who are involved and not involved in governance must be getting up on one stage for the country.
“Following my term end I handed over a beautiful country with no problems. People had their meals, farmers cultivated well. I am not saying there were no problems in my time, but the daily life of the citizens and the people of this country was not as it is today. This problems will not be solved by blaming the government. This is a moment where all those who are involved or not involved in governance must be getting up on one stage. It is time for all the political parties and leaders of the country to come together on one platform and come round to one table to save the country, stop the country from falling apart and lift it up. Although rocks are thrown at our direction, our characters are being defamed and I am being called a thief and insulted, we will not fall. In the 54 years of party politics in my life, I am well adapted to defamation, insults and slander. There are many problems in our country today. The farming community lives in tears. I have been talking about the sorrows of the farming community for about a year in Parliament. Other than me, there are three government ministers and MPs in Polonnaruwa who have been elected by the people of Polonnaruwa. Have you ever asked even one of them whether they have spoken about the suffering of these farmers on or off Parliament? No. They say, “Yes Sir, No Sir” to everything. That’s all,” Sirisena added.