Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila says although he was sacked from his portfolio, the critical issues in the country have not been resolved thus far.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, MP Gammanpila said during his tenure as the Minister of Energy, when the price of a litre of diesel was increased by Rs.7 based on recommendations of the President and the Prime Minister, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna MP Sagara Kariyawasam called for his resignation.
The MP questioned what action MP Kariyawasam will seek now that the price of diesel has been increased by Rs.55 per litre.
He said the government is earning Rs.750 million daily through taxes imposed on fuel.
MP Gammanpila said certain Ministers claimed the shortage of fuel arose as he made a public statement regarding the possibility of a fuel shortage.
He questioned how shortages of medicine, gas and wheat flour arose.
The MP cited the shortage of dollars caused due to the mismanagement of foreign reserves by the Minister of Finance as the cause of all prevalent shortages.
MP Gammanpila urged the government to refrain from laying blame with others to cover the government’s shortcomings.
The Parliamentarian said the government’s attempt to form a national government failed as the opposition parties declined its invitation.
He said the government attempted to form the national government in fear that it may lose its majority.
MP Gammanpila said they will not stop their struggle until Minister Basil Rajapaksa returns to the United States.