The opposition claims a country losing control of the power generation mechanism is a direct threat to national security.
Speaking to media, Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara said Sri Lanka’s national security will be threatened due to a government deal to hand over control of the Yugadanavi Power Plant to a United States-based company.
MP Bandara is of the view that independence and economic stability will be threatened by the arrival of companies from overseas to control energy distribution.
He stressed that the controversial deal signed late in the night by the Cabinet of Ministers also includes a clause about the company getting exclusive rights to distribute power for LNG Power Plants to be constructed in future. MP Bandara said it was dangerous to enter into such agreements with the US company, New Fortress Energy.
The Parliamentarian also spoke of a discussion held between party leaders and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding this deal.
He accused party leaders of working towards the will of the government without any independent decision-making.
The Parliamentarian called for the agreement with the American company to be withdrawn if the government wants to agree on a middle ground with opposition factions, and to appoint an independent committee for procurement activities.