Anura Kumara Dissanayake, MP and the leader of NPP said that people’s power is more powerful than all other power camps and that the NPP has initiated that task of correctly organizing the people’s power.
He said so while addressing the Maharagama Asana Sabha Samuluwa of the NPP. Anura Kumara Dissanayake further added that “the previous president escaped from the country and returned. Mahinda had to escape and hide. Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed to protect Gotabaya and Mahinda. Today, Ranil is safeguarding the Rajapaksas by acting against the people of this country.
The Central Bank Governor made a decision on the 12th of April saying that “we are not going to pay the debts that we have taken” This is a very dangerous statement. Our stance is that the Governor has no power to make such a decision. We have taken debts from countries like England, China, India, the United States, and Bangladesh as well as from the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank. The decision made by Mr. Nandalal is connected to seeking help from the IMF. We have a reasonable doubt as to whether the Governor made this decision solely for this exact purpose.
The IMF recommends restructuring the debts. We need to come to terms with China and India to cut off the debt. China says that they must enter into a free trade agreement between China and Sri Lanka if we decide to cut the debt. As a result, our market will be flooded with Chinese goods. Our production will collapse.
The second condition presented by the financial fund is that the income should be increased and expenses should be reduced. For this, the government implements a tax policy. Therefore, the price of all goods and services increases.
We brought a proposal that a Presidential election is held and a new president be appointed before the expiry of a period of six months from the date on which the succeeding president is appointed by the Parliament following the vacancy in the office of president. we also brought a proposal that ministerial positions will be abolished if the party is changed. It was also suggested that there should be a maximum of 25 minister positions and 25 deputy minister positions. We also said that there is no need for the posts of state ministers.
There are several foundations needed to build a country. Our country needs a new constitution. We suggested that a new parliament is necessary for the development of this constitution or the rule of law or the implementation of good and people-friendly reforms. We are introducing a new constitution that will abolish the executive presidency.
To build the country, we need governance that stops fraud, corruption, and waste. Also, we need a government that punishes those who committed fraud and corruption. The NPP will be the only party that is capable of punishing the thieves. We challenge other political parties.
Thirdly, this public sector should be made efficient. The Auditor General announced that 2200 government institutions will be audited. This is not sustainable for a government. There is no special benefit to the country from these institutions. To build a country, an efficient public service must be built.
We must put an end to all the frustrations endured by the youth of our country. Small and medium enterprises are the economic engine of our country. We are also focusing on maritime security as the fourth step. We should create a country that is well-recognized by the entire world. An environment that builds trust in our country before the world, will make the image of our country shines bright.