The JVP says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation yesterday did not provide any permanent solutions to the prevailing issues.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said the Prime Minister attempted to divert the public’s attention from the real crisis by raising various other claims.
MP Herath said everyone was hoping for a solution to the prevailing crisis through Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s address to the nation adding however the Premier who boasts 60 years of political experience failed to address the prevailing issues.
The Parliamentarian said it is unfortunate that the Prime Minister delivered a speech similar to that of a Provincial Councilor claiming the Premier displayed an immature attitude.
MP Herath said the Premier’s speech consisted of only three topics, 30 years of conflict, COVID-19 Pandemic and the 88/89 civil uprising.
He said while 13 years have passed since the end of the conflict, issues that did not occur during the 30-year span are now prevalent.
The MP said scheduled power cuts, shortages of essential items including fuel, gas and milk powder did not occur even during the 30 years of conflict.
MP Herath said the public is facing these issues due to the short-sighted decision making of rulers.
On a separate note, MP Vijitha Herath revealed the reason why the JVP rejected the invitation extended to political parties to unite and develop the country by taking up ministerial portfolios.
The MP said the gist of the Prime Minister’ address to the nation was merely a façade to protect President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
He said the Premier attempted to create false threats and reroute blame instead of providing solutions.
The MP urged the government to refrain from engaging in such tactics.
MP Herath said the economy collapsed due to corrupt activities of the government while wrong doers were also acquitted from all allegations.
He said during the issue pertaining to the controversial Chinese fertiliser shipment, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed USD6.9 million was not paid as consumption but as payment for a separate shipment of fertiliser.
He said however the alternate shipment has not arrived thus far. The MP said such action caused the economic collapse.
MP Herath said the government is now calling for other political parties to unite and form an interim government.
He said however they are not ready to come forward to develop the country which was ruined by the actions of one family.