Leader of the National Freedom Front Minister Wimal Weerawansa says they are prepared to struggle with the people against the decision to hand over Sri Lanka’s liquefied petroleum gas distribution monopoly to an American firm.
Minister Weerawansa said they are prepared to launch protests either while remaining in the government or from outside.
Speaking during an event organised by a group of constituent parties of the government in Colombo, Minister Weerawansa said no one can support the move to permanently hand over the LGP distribution monopoly to an American firm.
He said they vehemently oppose the move even though they are part of the government.
Minister Weerawansa claimed that the public voted in numbers during the past two elections for the present administration in hope of seeing a new change.
He said however such agreements are a betrayal of the trust of the people.
The Minister therefore requested the President to intervene in the matter.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the agreement must be retracted and the measures proposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board tender must be taken forward.
He stressed that Sri Lanka must retain the gas supply distribution mechanism.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa also claimed that no discussions took place during Cabinet meetings pertaining to the proposal to hand over shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi power plant to an American company.
The Minister said the Cabinet paper has proposed to hand over the LGP supply monopoly permanently to the American firm.
He said the Minister of Finance tabled the Cabinet paper in haste during the meeting held virtually and only a brief explanation was given on the matter.
Minister Weerawansa said then a statement was released with the minutes claiming that the said proposal received Cabinet approval following lengthy discussions.
He stressed that such discussions did not take place and they oppose to the move vehemently.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa also said the matter is now before the judiciary.
He said they are not willing to back such matters in order to merely retain their ministerial portfolio.
Minister Wimal Weerawansa added that the President did not receive a mandate to allow others to use the powers and initiate projects that are detrimental to the country.