Govt’s crushing defeat at LG Election Public angry with Unity Govt – Viyangoda For protecting thieves

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By 2018-02-14

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The Puravasi Balaya Organization yesterday (13), stressed that the Government had suffered a crushing defeat at the Local Government election, because the public was more angry with the Unity Government than with those in the previous regime of former...... President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had allegedly stolen public funds, because the former is protecting the latter.

The co-Convener of Puravasi Balaya, Gamini Viyangoda, who addressed a news briefing yesterday (13), said that the results of the Election can be described as a red notice given to the current Government, which he charged had attempted to do something else, having overlooked the promises given when it was elected to office.

He further said that the blame for the defeat at the election should be placed squarely on the shoulders of both the President and the Prime Minister and that no matter what reasons they may give, those cannot justify the results faced by the Government at the Polls.

"The people are angry not with the thief, but with the people who have protected the thieves. That is a normal trend. When thieves during the Rajapaksa regime were brought before the law, the people saw how both the President and the Premier intervened in such incidents," Viyangoda said.

He explained that the results of the election was not only an act of deception of the public by incumbent Parliamentarian Rajapaksa but it was also the result of the conduct of the Unity Government.

Viyangoda noted that it had much to do with not implementing the promises given at the Presidential Polls on 8 January 2015 such as doing away with the Executive Presidency and the failure to punish rogues in both the present and previous regime.

When queried as to whether the actions of the President and the Prime Minister to strengthen the hold on their political parties, instead of implementing the promises given by them at the last Presidential Election had contributed to this Election's setback, Viyangoda stated that, "That is true. This Government did not get a mandate to solve the internal issues of their parties.

But, the Government having forgotten the mandate, did just that. The reason for this is because we have only politicians and not diplomats. Diplomats think about the future of the country, but as this country only has politicians they only thought of what will happen to their parties."

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