Non-confrontational attitude not a weakness, Chief Govt Whip tells
KOTTE: Chief Government Whip and Highways and Road Development
Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told Parliament yesterday that the
Government's non-confrontational attitude towards the JVP should not be
considered a weakness.
"We do not want to go in for a debate on some of the issues raised by
the JVP. This is by no means a weakness," he said.
He said the Government clashed with the UNP on many issues but not
with the JVP. He was responding to an interim question raised by JVP MP
Bimal Ratnayake after Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.H. Mohamed
answered a question raised by JVP MP R. Ranaweera.
The question was on two vehicles belonging to the Parliamentary
Affairs Ministry which had not been handed over yet by those who had
used them earlier.
MP Ratnayake said the Secretary of a Ministry should be responsible
for missing vehicles.
Minister Fernandopulle said there was nothing illegal in this case as
the previous minister can continue to use the vehicle until he or she is
given a new vehicle under normal regulations. There is a circular to
JVP MP: Can we have that circular ?
Minister Fernandopulle: We do not bring circulars in our pockets.
There is nothing unlawful here.
MP Ratnayake: What I said is not covered by the circular. You cannot
use Government property as you please.
Minister Fernandopulle: We do not want to go on a collision course
with you. It is not a weakness.