The United National Party says governments need a vision for the economy to ensure development in the country.
Speaking during an event in Mulkirigala today, Chairman of the UNP Vajira Abeywardena said the country and the people are facing a number of issues at present, since the present administration does not have economic programme or a vision for the country.
The UNP Chairman admitted the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the affairs of the country, but said if timely decisions were taken, people would’ve not been in queues to purchase rice, gas, kerosene oil and fuel.
Former Minister Vajira Abeywardena stressed that when the country was hit by major financial issues in 2001 and 2015, UNP-led administrations saved Sri Lanka from bankruptcy.
He said with 42 Members of Parliament, Leader of the UNP and then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2015 was able to change articles of the constitution, pass a budget and provide relief to the people.
Former Minister Vajira Abeywardena said people did not vote for the UNP at the last Parliamentary election in numbers, but the very same people received benefits such as price reduction, salary increments and foreign aid thanks to the previous good governance government.
Former Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the UNP never worked in anticipation of votes. He also stressed that the UNP will never divide the country on racial and religious lines in a bid to win elections.
The UNP Chairman said they lost the last election due to certain shortcomings including infighting among members.
He stressed that the UNP is prepared to rectify its mistakes but said the people must decide whether they are prepared to appoint a party which has a vision for the country or the election outcome will be decided based slogans and rallies.