Why are those who left government now demanding power?

Why are those who left government now demanding power?

12 September 2018 11:33 am

Leader of the House and Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development Lakshman Kiriella stated that the previous government left two years prior to the elections because it failed to manage the economy.

By 2015, the country was on the brink of international economic sanctions, the Minister added.

The Minister said this while speaking at the opening ceremony of Sri Lanka Merchant Bank’s renovated Maharagama branch.

The Rajapaksa regime, which was in such a situation, is now demanding power again and those who came to overthrow the government were lying on the ground, Kiriella said.

"Money in the banks should be spent carefully. One bank had given the previous government Rs 40 million to build roads, but now, banks strictly follow their rules and regulations. An amount of Rs 3 trillion must be paid for debts and installments for this year. Port City, Hambantota Port and Mattala International Airport generates no income even though we took loans to build them.

The same people are now demanding power. What's their plan to develop the country? There is none. There are no abductions in the country today, there are no disappearances, killings of journalists or incidents of forcibly removing judges. The Yahapalana government is not behind crimes. Today there is a decent government.

The judiciary and the police are today functioning independently. Those institutions have the ability even to refrain from accepting the President's recommendations. The United Nations has also accepted our country as an example."

The Minister added that although two days had been allocated previously for our country at the UN Human Rights Council, it has been reduced to two hours today.