Minister Akila Viraj exposes a campaign to slander the PM

Deputy General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says the allegations made by some individuals in the previous government against the UNP leadership have boomeranged on them.

As soon as the Central Bank bond issue came to light in 2015, the Prime Minister had appointed the three-member Pitipana commission to inquire into the matter, and made a decision to hold a parliamentary debate on the recommendations of the commission in May 2015, Minister Kariyawasam said.

Further, in order to inquire into the bond transaction in a transparent manner, the Premier confirming democratic characteristics appointed JVP Parliamentarian Sunil Handunneththi, who is representing the Opposition, instead of appointing an agent beneficial to the Premier or the party, the Minister pointed out.

Pointing out that the Premier, handing over the COPE report on the bond transaction to the Attorney General took every possible step against corruption, Minister Kariyawasam said the Prime Minister in 2016 also took measures to consult the Attorney General on the legal actions need to be taken against the individuals involved in the bond scam.

The Minister also emphasized that the Prime Minister who worked with the President to appoint the bond commission has also given evidence before the Commission as a law abiding politician.

But today, some groups using the bond issue are unsuccessfully attempting to sling mud at the Prime Minister and the only end result is that the allegations made against the UNP leader have boomeranged on them.

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the people of the country will be responding on February 10 at the local government elections to defeat the group led by Mahinda Rajapaksa who is misleading the people by false claims for the third consecutive time.

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