Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he is ready to give up all his positions and join the people to fight against corruption and fraud if he is being criticized when decisions are taken against fraud and corruption.
“If there are undue criticism and complaints against the decisions taken by me to stop corruption and fraud, I am ready to leave all positions and join the people to continue the struggle,” the President said.
Speaking at a public meeting held Friday in Nikaveratiya, the President said as the government of SLFP did wrong things, the SLFP candidate lost in 2015.
“If the UNP is doing the same faults and mistakes being in the government, people will not approve that,” he said.
“The people elected a new government, expecting a correct program which would change the existed corrupted system of governance. Everybody should be ready to start a correct journey to fulfill that expectation of the people. The politicians should love the country and the people, without acting according to their political powers and private agendas,” the President emphasized.
“Whatever said by whoever, I am committed to a clean and good political culture throughout my 50 years of political life. I will act with patience and equanimity with my experience of that long political journey. I am not a stranger to the political arena,” the President stressed.
“Though there are complaints against the decision to postpone the Provincial Council Election, even the SLFP wants the elections to be held soon. We have done every commitment in this regard”, he said.
“We passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the Parliament at a time when the UNP had only 47 seats in the Parliament. 142 MPs from SLFP and UPFA voted for that. We should strengthen the SLFP not only to win elections but also to create a better political culture”, the President said.
President Sirisena, commenting on the current development programs and projects to build the people’s economy, said more than Rs. Six billion has been allocated to provide relief to the victims of drought.
At the occasion, the President vested the newly built laboratory under ‘Langama Palasa – Hondama Pasala’ (the closest school is the best school) at Rajabima School in Nikaveratiya with students.
He observed the students’ activities in the Mathematics Room of the school. He also presented a gift to the student of a Ranaviru family Lasindu Gasheth who obtained highest marks in the last scholarship exam.
President Sirisena also laid the foundation stone for the four-storied building at Jayanthi Maha Vidyalaya, Nikaveratiya, built at a cost of Rs. 18 million, under the ‘Langama Palasa – Hondama Pasala’ program.
Chief Minister of Wayamba Province, Dharmasiri Dassanayake, State Minister Dilan Perera, Deputy Minister Tharanath Basnayake, and Chairman of SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara, were among those who participated in this function.