The Samagi Jana Balawegaya says the public is hopeful of a solution to the prevailing political crisis and not laying blame on various parties.
Speaking during a media briefing today pertaining to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the nation, SJB General Secretary Parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara said the SJB has no intention of joining hands with the present administration and forming an interim government.
MP Madduma Bandara questioned the Premier whether he was unaware that scheduled power cuts are imposed due to the lack of dollars to import fuel.
The Parliamentarian said the Prime Minister acknowledged that fuel shipments have arrived at the Port but the government does not possess sufficient foreign reserves to make payments and then resorted to blaming the good governance government.
He urged the Premier to reveal accurate facts to the public.
MP Madduma Bandara said the government providing tax relief to close associates and allowing then to earn profits through corrupt activities resulted in the prevailing economic crisis.
He said Prime Minister Rajapaksa spoke of protecting the nation adding the SJB is ready to step up and make sacrifices in order to ensure public safety.
He however said they will not align with the current government.
Joining the media briefing, MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said the present administration’s priority is not to develop the country but to ensure it remains in power.
MP Jayamaha said the public did not take to the streets due to mere coincidences but due to mismanagement and corrupt actions of the government during the past two and a half years.
He said MP Shantha Bandara who became an independent Parliamentarian last week being sworn in as a State Minister yesterday was not a random act but was a result of the regime’s attempts to consolidate power.
He added funds are involved behind the incident.
The Parliamentarian urged the government to utilise embezzled funds to good use.
He said patients are facing death due to medicine shortages while the Apeksha Hospital lacks essential medicines.
The MP said a vast number of individuals who take daily medication are facing a dire situation.