Politics in Sri Lanka is a more lucrative business than drug smuggling – JVP leader

The politics in Sri Lanka, which has been a voluntary service, has been made a more profitable business than drug smuggling today, the leader of Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says.

“Heroin racket is profitable but dangerous. However, there is no danger in politics. People enthusiastically make it possible for politicians to steal. As such, politics has been transformed into a dignified profitable business,” Dissanayake said.

He was speaking at a meeting held at Ulhitiyawa area in Wennappuwa to support the JVP candidates contesting the Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha at the local government election.

MP Dissanayake said the President Maithripala Sirisena, who was elected in 2015, said he would abolish the executive presidency and will go after five years in 2020 but now is seeking to stay one more year.

“However after 3 years he gets the ‘taste’ of politics. He asks the Supreme Court whether he could continue as President until 2021. When coming to power he said he would go home in 2020. Now, after three years in office he asks whether he could be in power for another year. This is power hunger.”

“The ‘yahapalana’ president who said he would go home after five years has been caught up in the political business net,” the JVP leader added.

Dissanayake remarked that while the working masses in the country suffer all 24 hours of the day to earn a living and fishermen risk their lives to go to the deep sea to earn a living, the bond fraudsters do not confront such risks to earn billions.

The JVP parliamentarian asked the people in the country to vote for the JVP to stop the political business. “We are prepared to make politics that has been made a business a people friendly service, a voluntary service that works for the people,” he said.


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