No need for a General Election - Healthcare Minister
COLOMBO: The country today has a National Government consisting of
several parties. It is strong to tackle any problem and as such there is
no need for any General Election said Health Minister Nimal Siripala de
The Minister was speaking at the opening of two new bridges across
Loggal Oya at Meegolla and Ekiriya under the Uva-Wellassa Development
project, which cost Rs. 120 million.
De Silva said 18 UNP Parliamentarians have now crossed over to the
Government. The 9 JHU MPs and Rauf Hakeem's SLMC, Arumugam Thondaman's
CWC, Chandrasekaran's UPF and several other parties too have joined it,
making it a Government representing all communities. Although the
support of the TNA Parliamentarians was still lacking, many
Parliamentarians representing the Tamil Community were today fully
supporting this Government.
He said the security forces have now eliminated terrorist atrocities
in the East including Vakarai. Only a few areas left to be captured to
liberate the Tamils from LTTE clutches.
The TNA Parliamentarians too may come forward and support the
Government when it is completed.
The Minister said now the Government has majority support in the
Parliament to develop the country under the Mahinda Chinthanaya.
There was no need to waste public money by unnecessarily going for
He said Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe now had a habit of
attributing everything to chikungunya.
Doctors have told him that many people who contracted chikungunya
suffered from loss of memory. Perhaps Ranil Wickremasinghe too may have
forgotten the fire engulfing his party due to similar loss of memory.
Meanwhile, Health Ministry release said the newly opened bridges will
shorten the distance from Passara to Viyaluwa from 80 km to 10 km.
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva also opened the passara new public Bus
Stand built at a cost of Rs. 150 m.