Govt has money for Cabinet maintenance, but not for people’s problems: Opposition Leader
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) aka the Pohottu Party entered a political deal when the majority of the country’s people acted in turmoil against the Rajapaksa-led regime, and after the departure of the disastrous trio, the ex Finance Minister, the ex Prime Minister and the ex President, a gatekeeper who can guard them was appointed as the ruler of the country, said Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, addressing the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Authority Board Meeting in Halawatha Electorate two days (11) ago.
The event was organised by Halawatha SJB Organiser Shantha Abeysekara and was attended by a lot of people.
The former Finance Minister, the former Prime Minister and the former President who fled the public’s eye in fear have now come forward under the new ruler’s shelter in preparation for the same deception committed during the 2019 Presidential Election and the 2020 General Election, Premadasa alleged.
Although the government has no money to provide relief to the people – to compensate the fishing community and the farmers, to provide livelihood to those who have lost their jobs, and to strengthen the public servants, it has enough money to maintain 37 state ministers and 20 Cabinet ministers, he noted, revealing that 12 more Cabinet ministers are due on being sworn in.
Premadasa questioned whether a puppet-like president and a group of ministers who have no public’s favour will be able to solve the problems which could not be solved by a president and a regime that earned a mandate of 6.9 million people and a two-thirds power in Parliament.
Despite the affair of solving people’s problems, the government extravagantly is repressing protesters via the enforcement of acts such as the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), he added.