Slpp asks for mandate to govern economy

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By 2018-02-13

BY RAVI LADDUWAHETTY

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, invited the Sri Lankan electorate to give him a mandate so that he could turnaround the economy from the doldrums it has fallen into.
"My Government reported positive growth and we showed that the economy was run well, albeit a US $ 2 billion War Bill", former President Rajapaksa told a packed news conference attended by over 200 members of the local and Colombo-based members of the international Media at Battaramulla yesterday.

"This is an absurd state of affairs. It is not I who said it but President Maithripala Sirisena who said that his UNP Government started robbing the country from the very first month in office", the former Sri Lankan Country CEO and Chancellor of the Exchequer told journalists.

He said that the spillover and the cascading effects of the Central Bank Bonds scam and other rampant corruption prevailing in the country had reached such epic proportions that investors were fleeing the country.
He said the Central Bank Bond Scam was one of the reasons why both the SLFP and the UNP in Government were hounded out at the just concluded Local Government polls.

He also said that he was in no hurry to form the Government, but instead, would opt to resort to the democratic process.
"We will not eat hoppers and runaway and leave our supporters in the lurch to form a Government", he quipped.
Former President Rajapaksa also said there was rising dissent against the current regime regarding the stoppage of all development projects of his Government soon after the Government assumed office, where all the construction of roads, bridges and flyovers came to a grinding halt and it took almost two and a half years to restart them..

He also stressed the slashing of subsidies and welfare also as being another drawback which earned the wrath of the people on the current regime.

He also said that his government and even while being in Opposition, had a vision for both the country and the periphery each time it contested an election, but the fault of the current government comprising the UNP and the SLFP was that they thought that they could continue with the mudslinging campaign and win the polls , basking on the January 8, 2015 glory.

He also stressed the slashing of subsidies and welfare also as being another drawback which earned the wrath of the people on the current regime.

He also said that his Government and even while being in Opposition, had a vision for both the country and the periphery each time it contested an election, but the fault of the current government comprising the UNP and the SLFP was that they thought that they could continue with the mudslinging campaign and win the polls , basking on the January 8, 2015 glory.

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