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UNP plays down statement by MS of taking over economy

The United National Party (UNP) played down a statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he has taken over directing the national economy from this year.

Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva said that he spoke to the President and that the President insisted he didn’t mean taking over the responsibilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe but only use the National Economic Council (NEC) more for the national economy.

“NEC has President PM FinMin some others. He took time to explain to me what he meant at Bogollagama wedding,” Harsha de Silva tweeted.

The President had said that the handling of the national economy was in the hands of the UNP over the past two years.

However he says from this year the economy will be his responsibility.

The President said that the economy was under severe strain over the past three years.

“From this year I will be taking the leadership on managing the national economy,” the President said.

The President had expressed these views at a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) election rally in Kegalle on Saturday. (Colombo Gazette)

9 Comments for “UNP plays down statement by MS of taking over economy”

  1. siran silva

    Actually UNP runs the economic council. Secretary is a UNP supporter as well as a writer for the Lanka E News. Browse in the web for the following article.
    Why do I support Sarath Fonseka? By Lalitha Samarakoon.

  2. Sangaran Balasingam

    President is satisfying his party members only. He is unconcerned about the overall welfare of the country. Instead of making wild speeches, the HE should work with his ministers very closely and cordially if he were concerned about the people. Who is benefitted by his empty threats in public rallies? If he is committed he must sit down and work hard with intellectuals. He is wasting the invaluable time of all of us when he spends most of productive working hours in religious and all sorts of third grade ceremonies. He must have confidence in himself first. Then only he could lead the team. We are really sad that the president has failed miserably during a brief period of three years. He is an unlucky person too. This is evident from the number of costly devastations commencing from the Salawa Armoury blast, that had occured during the three years. He must possess positive attitude and must trust his cabinet and work very closely with them. Otherwise, our economy will become very bad in the futures.

    • anonymous

      I agree with you Bala.

      • Ravindra Ekanayake

        I too agree with Bala. Now see what is President doing, going all over the country and addressing election rallies for an election of Pradeshiya sabas. What actually should happen is president should remain neutral and let the contesting parties to fight and win on their own. President of the country has to concentrate on more on policy matters. Further he talks nonsense. he should have taken measures to bring the culprits of last Government in to books long time ago, and if he did that rouges would have been behind bars. Now he all of a sudden shouting that he will do. Without catching them having robbed billions of public money he now try to bring the UNP to disrepute on Bond scam. I don’t say the bond scam should be under mind but what about other large scale scams?

        Ravindra Ekanayake

  3. Dhammika

    H.E. President is correct . What ever he ( MS ) initiated completed such as Moragahakanda . What has PM RW done ? RW appointed his Rite Royal Rogues from day 1 and has made it a Rite Royal Rumble . Dont he realise this . UNP never had a leader of this caliber.

  4. punchinilame

    This is no different to signs of a good marriage breaking down to the agenda
    of relatives on both sides. The children are not being cared as they should be.

  5. sg

    Still we are not ready for the operation of the fully liberal economy so, we have to follow national economic strategies…

    • Presidents of a country should limit their speeches. They should be short and sweet. When Presidents make harangue speeches always, it will become boring.Presidents should not repeat his plans at every speech.If he plans something, he should see it is done. If he takes a decision, he should not come down and withdraw or change it later.Presidents’. order should be an ORDER and should not be a shaky one.

  6. Eng.M.V.R.Perera

    The UNP should drop the President because of his utterances as our Country’s economy is so fragile as he does not appear to trust our Engineers to get investors to our country because of our President the moment he became President made a declaration about climate change to please the west he did this twice one of them recently when our per capita carbon emissions were one of the lowest in the world of 0.67 while the per capita carbon emission of 0.61 metric tons per year is very low compare it with Malaysia a developing Country (6.7) and the US a developed Country (19.78), is 10 times and 30 times more respectively and in Singapore 30 metric tons and as such there should not be any concern regarding carbon emissions these are supported by the per capita carbon emission per year statistics from the internet .and also it can be stated from the data from internet it can be computed that even if we have 10 coal power stations the size of Norochoholai producing a total of 70 billion units per year, our per capita carbon emission per year will not exceed 70×109/21×106= 3040 Kg=3.04 metric tons assuming a population of 21 million and 1000Kg= a metric ton, as such there is no threat of carbon emission to our country by planning for accelerated coal power projects as many as required for our country. The President’s statement contravenes article 3,4,12, 27 and 33 (f) of our constitution and as such direct foreign investors are avoiding us like a plague and also his reliance on solar power can be established has the biggest fraud committed in our country’s history amounting to several hundred million US dollars which also has destabilized our country’s economy . This document has been sent to cope by sending a copy of a letter to NEC address to all MPs in Parliament which establishes the above statements and also by our President’s avoidance of burning coal we the people are losing over a Billion rupees. per day. This document should be obtained from COPE by all Parliamentarians and studied and they will find the reasons no investors are coming to our country and it is definitely not because of the UNP but because of the President himself

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