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Arrest of MP Ranjan Ramanayake

State Minister Rohitha deplores Police action

State Energy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena yesterday deplored the manner in which the Police behaved at the arrest of MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

Abeygunawardena said action against MP Ramanayake should be filed not for the possession of a gun without a valid licence, but rather for the evidence which had surfaced on how the MP together with SSP Shani Abeysekara and sections of the Judiciary had allegedly flouted the law in order to fulfil their political agendas.

Addressing a news briefing at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) head office in Battaramulla, he said the Yahapalana Government destroyed law and order and rendered the Judiciary helpless.

“In the coming few days MP Ramanayake’s alleged conversations with judges will be released. It is clearly evident that the previous regime had twisted the law according to their whims and fancies. We call upon the IGP to take necessary action on the voice clips that has become a hot potato in society,” he said.

The SLPP also called upon President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to request the relevant authorities to re-investigate all the cases that were taken up on political agendas.

“MP Champika Ranawaka, former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and MP Ranjan Ramanayake were arrested on a warrant and granted bail by the court according to the law. Yet the previous government filed charges against Basil Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando, Udaya Gammanpila and Wimal Weerawansa for political reasons. Likewise, there are so many civilians behind bars facing grave injustice due to political vengeance of the previous regime and their cronies.

Abeygunawardena also commented on the statement by MP Ranjith Maddumabandara on forming a coalition, if Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa is not given the UNP leadership. “I heard MP Madumabandara saying that they are hoping to form a separate coalition if Sajith Premadasa does not get the party leadership. We would like to say that, even though they are going to face the General election by forming a coalition or a new party, we will face the general election with the well known ‘Pohottuwa’ symbol. We are very much confident that the ‘Pohottuwa is capable of securing a 2/3 majority. We will establish a strong government with a 2/3 majority in Parliament.

Information and Communication Technology State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane said that none of the law enforcing decisions were taken inside Temple Trees and the Presidential Secretariat. “Relevant law enforcing agencies will carry out investigations, we are not interfering with the due process of the law and there will be no political witch hunt carried out by our government,” he said.

Moreover, State Minister Abeywardane denied the rumour that all development projects have been put on hold due to the country’s debt situation.

“We are not going to harp on the same tune like the previous government. We have taken strategies to cut down on unnecessary expenses. Although, we are in debt we will find solutions. CNN has listed Sri Lanka as one of the best travel destinations. Likewise, we have strategies to face any challenges,” he added.

Furthermore, he said that the government will provide employment for all the graduates in a systematic manner. “Before 2015 there were no employment issues regarding graduates. The issue was created by the previous government.

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