General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara charges that former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Minister Basil Rajapaksa must be held responsible for the destruction caused to the economy.
Addressing a conference yesterday pertaining to the draft 21st Amendment to the Constitution, MP Jayasekara said in March 2020 the International Monetary Fund informed Sri Lanka that the country is heading towards bankruptcy and invited officials for talks to seek a solution to prevent this from happening.
MP Jayasekara said Members of Parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers were unaware of this development at the time.
He charged that Cabinet Ministers who were unaware of their responsibilities also contributed to the country’s downfall.
He charged that the Former Secretary to the President, who is usually not involved in country’s finances and handles matters related to state administration, reached certain decisions that were detrimental to the country, adding that he too should be held responsible.
MP Jayasekara said the two former Finance Ministers former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa and the former Governor of the Central Bank must be held responsible.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Premanath Dolawatte who was also present at the conference acknowledged that he made a mistake by voting in favour of the 20th Constitutional Amendment.
He said he will work towards rectifying that mistake.
MP Dolawatte said they had their reasons to vote in favour of the 20th Amendment at the time.
He said however the claims made at the time of the Constitutional Amendment have been proven wrong.