Ministers Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila have been removed from their posts due to their long-running betrayal of the country for the opposition for their own power objectives, says Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando.
“There was an fuel minister who plays the role of the opposition. As soon as he came out of the office he says there is fuel only for 4 days, or for 7 days, and after those 7 days no dollars are given to bring fuel. Instead goods like apple, grapes etc… are brought. What kind of a minister is he? If the Minister says there is fuel only for 4, wouldn’t the people get panicked? Ministers become scared too! Yesterday a state minister said that he too went home and fill three barrels of fuel after hearing the speech of that minister. So the man who refuels a bicycle for 500 rupees gets a full tank, what happens? People are under pressure.
No order has been placed as per the required plans. Next, the oil refinery was shut down. What did they say while doing all this? They said that we will face a big problem by March. It’s been months since they said that. That means they had a goal. That goal is to show that they are with the government and work against the government. The Minister of Industries has been given the highest amount in the history of Sri Lanka. No Minister of Industry has been given 5 billion to develop industries in the country. They did nothing and did what the opposition wanted. They came to positions thinking about their future. They did the work of betraying this country and the government.
Therefore, requests were made from the President, by the Cabinet and a large number of others that this government would not be able to take over if it goes like this. He took a proper decision by removing two ministers. Such things did happen during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure. We know what Mangala-Sripathi did then, we know what was to happen, we know what the conspiracy was. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa removed Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Minister Sripathi Sooriyarachchi who worked hardest in that election. Will the war be won if they were not removed? No. When you become the President, when you become the leader of a country, no matter how friendly you are, the leader has to make decisions when dishonesty comes. ”
Johnston Fernando said this addressing a function held in Eheliyagoda yesterday (04).