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SLFP has no mandate to form govt with UNP: Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has observed that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has no mandate from the people to form a government with the United National Party.

He was speaking at an event held at Carlton House in Tangalle.

During his speech, Mahinda said:

"Along with my loyalists, I did not leave the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) but instead assumed the role of opposition when the SLFP formed a government with the United National Party (UNP). Politicians of the likes of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and D.A. Rajapaksa founded the SLFP after leaving the UNP. Therefore there were no dealings between both these parties. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was formed since the SLFP joined hands with the UNP.

We also urged the Prime Minister to continue with our development projects since it would affect the country's economy. Over the last two years, the present government studied the projects which had commenced during our government. They then replaced the name boards with new ones with their names upon completion of these projects.

Projects such as the Beliatta railtrack, the Kandy Expressway, and the Ratnapura Expressway have either been delayed or stalled. The Hambantota Port has now been sold to another country while moves are afoot to sell the Mattala airport.

The government is managing to provide electricity only because we constructed the Norochcholai, Kerawalapitiya, and the Higher Kotmale power stations. The Sampur Power Station which was another project of ours was stopped. The government is planning to earn commission by purchasing power from Independent Power Producers.

There must be a code of ethics, and a national policy in the country. On the same lines, changes its minds as per its own whims and fancies. A country cannot move forward in the backdrop of a situation like this. There should be a common policy framework."






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