The Samagi Jana Balawegaya says failure to control the prices of essential goods shows the failure of the government.
Speaking during a media briefing MP Lakshman Kiriella said only the market can control prices within a market economy, adding that it cannot be done by deploying Army officers.
MP Kiriella noted the Cost of Living Committee convened frequently during the term of the good governance government, and if prices of rice were high steps were taken to order rice stocks from overseas, and traders reduced rates as a result.
The Parliamentarian added an active contribution is required.
MP Kiriella claimed at present there is no price control, and people are unable to survive.
He noted traders should not be allowed to control the market.
He added the government must intervene in this regard.
When inquired by media regarding a statement made by former President Maithripala Sirisena claiming he will be unable to travel to Polonnaruwa as farmers will assault him, MP Kiriella claimed the former President cannot remain part of the government and continue to speak against the government, while enjoying privileges.
He added there must be collective responsibility within the government.