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Public has power to ‘clean’ House: Anura Kumara

The same public that disapproves the conduct of the House has the power to 'clean' it, National People’s Power (NPP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. He said so at a press briefing held at the party headquarters, yesterday afternoon.

Dissanayake pointed out that the country is at present, run by the members of Rajapaksa family. “This is definitely not the democratic ruling system. Thus, an election to ensure the sovereignty of the country is crucial. A new Parliament must be appointed as soon as possible,” he said.

Dissanayake observed that the general election should not be held at the cost of endangering the lives of the people during an epidemic. “There are three important factors that we should take into consideration when we talk about an election. Just as much as an election is of utmost importance to ensure democracy in the country, we cannot allow any civilian to contract the COVID-19 virus because of the election. Then, in no way can we afford to have public officers falling victim to the virus due to the election. Thirdly, all political parties must be allowed fair opportunity to campaign for the election,” he added.

Dissanayake also said that a strong team of candidates are to be introduced by the NPP for the upcoming general election. He was critical of the President for not keeping some of the promises he had given during the Presidential Election.

“Some corrupt officials have been reappointed to many positions in the state sector instead of skilled persons, as he promised. People of all walks of life voted for the President in the election, so it is important that he abide by the promises he made. Many who voted the President expected a new list of candidates for the general election. However, the same corrupted persons are on the list. The government also did not give any tax or economic reliefs for people as expected either,” he added.

Speaking about the United National Party, Dissanayake said that now, the party has only become a place where fractions fight for leadership.

They are interested only in themselves, not their people, not their supporters, he added.

The National People’s Power, which has proven its loyalty to the people and the country, is ready to represent the young generation that abhors party politics and corruption, Dissanayake said.

Asked about the recent protests carried out by certain parties, Dissanayake said the government should be exemplary on securing health regulations during a pandemic like this. Questioned about repatriation activities, he said that they are ready to take care of 20,000 repatriated persons if the government is ready to take the responsibility of the other 20,000 persons.

Asked on the conduct of the Election Commission, Dissanayake said that the problem was not between the Commission members, but between the government and the Commission. He also pointed out that the United National Party (UNP) which always had a hidden camaraderie with the Rajapaksa family, is going along with the same agenda as usual.


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