JO organises countrywide protests to demand Premier’s resignation
Posted on November 2nd, 2016

by Dasun Edirisinghe Courtesy The Island

The Joint Opposition (JO) says it will hold countrywide protests, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for appointing Arjuna Mahendran to the post of Central Bank Governor as the latter has been found to be responsible for the bond scams by the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises.

Addressing the media at Dr. N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, JO leader Dinesh Gunawardena said yesterday for the first time in the history of the Central Bank coming under the purview of the PM and he had appointed a foreign citizen as the head of that institution in violation of the Constitution.


Gunawardena said that when Mahendran’s term ended, the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had tried to reappoint him the allegations against him over the bond scams.

“We demand to freeze the accounts and all assets of the Perpetual Treasuries to recover the loss the bond scams have caused to the state” Gunawardena said.

Gunawardena said the PM had referred the COPE findings to the Attorney General, who was still silent on last year’s CID’s investigation into the same issue.

Former Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris insisted that the Perpetual Treasuries be fined and their Primary Dealer licence forthwith.

He said President Maithripala Sirisena should move to recover losses from the company.

Peiris said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had given another appointment to Mahendran after the President refused to extend his term as Central Bank Governor and taken him on all foreign tours.

“That is why we demand the resignation of the PM” he said, adding that they would start a protest campaign countrywide.

Colombo District MP Wimal Weerawansa the PM had violated the law by appointing Mahendran, who was not a Sri Lankan citizen the Central Bank Governor.

Another two highways like the Southern Expressway and two power plants like Norachcholai could have been built with the funds lost due to bond scams, but the government kept on jacking up taxes without trying to prevent corruption.

“We will not allow Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to hush up the COPE findings and will take to the streets like in South Korea,” the former Minister said.

Matara District MP Dullas Alahapperuma said Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella had misled Parliament that 30 COPE reports under Mahinda Rajapaksa government had been relegated to the dustbin.

He said only 11 COPE reports had been issued under the Rajapaksa government and 14 COPE reports were issued under UNP MPs as chairmen.

Ratnapura District MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said a Parliamentary Select Committee should be appointed to monitor the AG’s action as he was still silent over last year’s complaint against Mehendran.

Kandy District MP Mahindananada Aluthgamage said they would launch protests against Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

5 Responses to “JO organises countrywide protests to demand Premier’s resignation”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    We need the whole nation to rise up demand with ONE VOICE FROM Prime Ministet Ranil Wickramasinghe ….. RESIGN NOW or we will KICK YOU OUT!

    Puhul Hora Karen Daney!

  2. Sarath W Says:

    The JO must not be selective in organising protests against the government. Of course they should protest and demand the resignation of Ranil Hora for his role in the Bond scam, how he protected ( and Ravi) Mahendren last year and dissolved the parliament, how he instructed Mahemdren to do the Bond scam to pay for the election expenses, why he raised the VAT to recover the financial lost to the government due to the Bond scam etc. But why is the JO is silent about government’s waste in importing so many luxury vehicles just to please the MPs who are also worried about the government’s non performance? Why the JO do not talk about the cover up of Dham the thug’s night club brawl. Now is the time for an all out attack and Mahinda should take up the leadership or give it to another. Gota will be a good choice. If not let Wimal, Susil, Dinesh or Vasu take the leadership and act bravely.

  3. plumblossom Says:

    Yes, Ranil Wickramasinghe must resign immediately. This is the honourable thing to do. The country should be run by a PM who holds the confidence of most people. This is very important. Someone else who holds the confidence of the people should be appointed the PM by President Sirisena. Besides, Arjunan Mahendran did say the PM, meaning Ranil, asked him to do it. Therefore he should resign immediately which is the honourable thing to do and let any investigations take place without any interference. In other countries, this is what happens after this type of incident. So it is not at all unique.

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande Wadakaya pol pot ponil wickramaSinhalakiller has no
    shame, no conscience, no love for the country. So don’t expect the murderous, mega thief, tom pacha jaathi
    dhrohiya to resign ever. That’s never going to happen. NOBODY DARES TO KICK HIM OUT.

    Just a look at few of his ‘achievements’ nobody ever even talked about punishing him.
    Millennium city murders – no punishment

    giving half the country to his catholic buddy hitler mala paharan on a plate in 2005 CFA

    Batalande torture and killing of Sinhalese jvpers with his catholic buddy policemen

    stop teaching history in school when jaathi dhrohiya education minister

    Still no punishment. What punishment. Catholic-controlled media call him MR CLEAN. HOW ABSURD? HOW LOW
    THEY CAN STOOP? But he is doing a sterling job for them. So they have to heap praise upon him. Catholic and
    catholic Sri Lanka behind him. Traitor tamils, mussies and a lot of Sinhala modayas behind him believing every
    word coming from his backside which he can’t remember next day.

    So if anybody expect him to resign or be punished, they are living in dreamland. Pathala Man PM going nowhere
    anytime soon unless nature get rid of him. Hope that will happen soon to save Sri Lanka, Sinhalese race and
    Buddhism from this mega thief, mega murderer, mega liar, mega traitor ever in Sri Lanka.

  5. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Pol pot ponil’s catholic-run UNPatriotic party’s sterling work to destroy Buddhism, Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese
    race. Hope Sinhala modayas who support this murderous thieves have enough brain power to understand.
    Buddhist jvp burn in tyres, catholic tigers get half the country on a plate from catholic-run UNPatriotics!

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