President blames PM for preventing PC polls
Posted on September 3rd, 2019

Courtesy Adaderana

President Maithripala Sirisena says that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is the first respondent for preventing Provincial Council elections from being held.

The President stated this addressing the convention held to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo today (3).

Speaking at the event, President stated that the respondents of the Bond Scam must immediately resign from politics in Sri Lanka and that more information on the matter will be revealed in the coming days.

According to President Sirisena, all paperwork needed to extradite former Central bank Governor Arjun Mahendran is now complete.

He said, The files needed to bring bigger shots than Arjun Mahendran to courts as respondents of the Bond Scam have already been prepared”.

President Sirisena also commented on the inability to hold the Provincial Councils.

There won’t be a provincial council election in this country anymore. Thousands of officials receive wages. Assets and property of Provincial Councils amount to billions and trillions.

The Supreme Court informed me that the provincial Council elections cannot be held because the Prime Minister hadn’t compiled and submitted the relevant report.

Provincial Council elections are over. Cannot say when that would come again. Therefore, the first respondent is the Prime Minister,” he charged.

The President pointed out that, both the Government party and the Opposition are holding secret talks with the leaders in the North to gain votes at the next election.

Speaking further, the President said, No matter who wins the next presidential election, he will be a President who cannot do anything according to the 19th Amendment to the constitution. He won’t even have the Defense Ministry. All powers would go to the Prime Minister.

Do not forget that, according to the constitution, in 2020, the country will be handed over to the Prime Minister, not the President. Therefore, the SLFP should focus on appointing the next Prime Minister rather than the next President.”

Sirisena said that a new path for development should be selected and the people should try and understand which political structure possesses such a vision. 

He said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should form a political movement free of corruption, malpractices and unethical political practices.

He called upon the people to strengthen the party structure enabling to form a SLFP Government in 2020.

President Sirisena said that we should achieve a balanced development and the development process must sustainable and an efficient.  He also said that the country must move towards a green economy and the success of countries with emerging economies based on the smart technology.

Even though whatever allegations were levelled against for the past five years of my tenure, I was committed to building a corrupt free country as well as attempted to ensure democracy,” the President said, adding the neo-liberalism concept is not suitable for the country. 

During my tenure, I was able to ensure maximum freedom and democracy in the country. As I said earlier not a single civilian was targeted by the guns of State apparatus. I am proud to state that no media institute or a house was burnt down, no journalists were threatened,” he said.

3 Responses to “President blames PM for preventing PC polls”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Chief Thief Rani Wikunanasinghe moves to maintain and preserve his Parliamentary power base even after the Presidential Election!

    He was APPOINTED by the President, he should be DISMISSED from his PM post by the NEW President!

    RELIEVED of his FORSAKEN DUTIES after the Presidential Election, he should pack his bags AND GO HOME to CONTEMPLATE his NAVEL until the General Election!

    PM explains responsibility of parliament after presidential elections

    Sept 04, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that whether or not the parliament will be dissolved after the presidential election is a matter for parliament to decide and if the assembly wishes to be dissolved it can be done only with the concurrence of the parliament.

    The Premier made this remark in response to a query raised by MP Bimal Ratnayake whether the government will present a Budget for the year 2020 or a Vote on Account to the country and whether it could be misappropriated.

    �Today, Parliament has the power to dissolve Parliament. If the Parliament wants to be dissolved immediately, it has to be done with the concurrence of Parliament. This is a decision to be taken by the party leaders and parliament. Whether or not the parliament will be dissolved after the presidential election is a matter for parliament to decide.”

    Speaking further, the Premier said a debate on the economic situation of the country can be held in the House.

    “After the Easter Sunday attacks, our income was down. The hope is to increase the primary surplus. We try to close the gap and go to surplus. Then the costs can be controlled. The Cabinet of Ministers has decided not to present the 2020 Budget in Parliament under the normal procedure in 2019. The decision was taken because traditionally, presidential elections are held in November and December, and no budget has been presented yet. This does not cause income misappropriation. All this year’s money is spent under the appropriations bill that has just passed. Fuel expenses will be according to this budget until December 21. ”

    He said the funds allocated by a Vote on Account must be spent in accordance with the rules and regulations of the country. New projects are not included in the Vote on Account.

    He also said if a government misuses money for elections, the Elections Commission can inquire into that and issue orders.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    We NEED to STRENGTHEN the Executive Presidency and ELIMINATE the Prime Minister’s post as REDUNDANT and INIMICAL to STABLE, EFFICIENT and DECISIVE GOVERNMENT!

    UNDIVIDED AUTHORITY is ESSENTIAL to PROMOTE UNDIVIDED RESPONSIBILITY without finger-pointing at each other by TWO EXECUTIVE Leaders …. an Executive President AND an Executive Prime Minister!

    That is a BASIC TENET of Governace …. HOLD RESPONSIBLE those ENDOWED with the AUTHORITY!


  3. Dilrook Says:

    Two fools as president and PM. None of them take resonsibility.

    Ranil has done a nationally disastrous but strategically beneficial tactic for the UNP. Without functioning PCs, the president is unable to dissolve parliament which is the only institution that runs the nation.

    This may extend to February 2020 until which time the president cannot dissolve parliament. However, they may further delay until August 2020 when the parliament’s full term ends. The next president will be under tremendous trouble from the parliament as all hell will break loose if the next president is not from the UNP. They will do everything they can to abolish EP if not from the UNP.

    We need a new constitution. Cannot function under this messy constitution.

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