General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera expects that the importation of sugar from India will come to a standstill by next week. The MP said sugar will then have to be imported from Brazil, adding it is costly.
Speaking at a media briefing today the MP said the government has no plan to solve the economic crisis or provide solutions to the gas, fuel, and essential food item shortage, and power cuts. MP Jayasekera claimed that India imports sugar and grain from China, adding that they have suspended imports from China as India seeks to focus on their local resources.
He said importing sugar from Brazil will also require time. The Parliamentarian said in order to solve these issues the 21st Amendment to the Constitution must be passed, and charged that efforts in this regard are not being taken leading to the economic situation worsening. MP Jayasekera said political reforms must take place first.
Meanwhile, former President Maithripala Sirisena said the more the 21st Amendment is being delayed the more the international community moves away from Sri Lanka. He said the President made a statement that he will not leave as a failed leader and that he will continue his term in office, likely in the hope that he can leave as a successful leader.
The former President however said he doesn’t believe that President Rajapaksa can end his term as a successful leader based on the incidents that have unfolded during the past two years. Sirisena said if the President doesn’t step down the country will suffer greatly for a lengthy period not just during the next two years.
He noted that new leaders who are elected will then require at least a year or two to begin rebuilding the country. Former President Sirisena said the country’s leaders must be aware of the public opinion adding that he doesn’t follow the media as the incidents that they witness in the country are painful and unbearable.