The chief whip of the opposition, Mr. Lakshman Kiriella, speaking in Parliament today (27) said that the agreement made with the International Monetary Fund has not yet been submitted to the Parliament and that the people are against the terms of the agreement.
He also said:
The Leader of the House talked about the IMF, agreement, but the agreement has not been passed by the House yet. We have been presented with your request under the extended funding facility. The agreement needs to be submitted to the Parliament. The agreement has not been submitted to the Parliament yet. We do not know what the agreement contains. The current president came to the parliament several times after becoming president. We asked him to give us the facts contained in the agreement, but he did not give us any facts.
In fact, this government bankrupted the country. When we handed over the government, we handed over the country with 7800 million dollars. These people reduced it to zero. That was the first mistake. What is the second mistake? Why do both sides say that the IMF went ten times. But this is the difference. , all those slaves went before the country went bankrupt. If IMF left before the country went bankrupt, we could have dealt only with the IMF. It is happening. This is the mistake made by the government. Knowing that it will go bankrupt, it delayed it.
2021 I asked Mr. Basil Rajapakse a question whether he will go to IMF or not? He said that he will not go. The government did not go to IMF at the right time. After the country went bankrupt, they talked to the IMF and resolved this. All the creditors were included in this. How can the government manage the country by making such mistakes? Now the same people who bankrupted the country are going to the IMF and trying to save the country. This cannot be done. When a company goes to the bank, they tell the bankrupt board of directors to resign. So now the government should resign. They will not give loans to bankrupt people.
Our country needs a new government now. When the president came, the country was bankrupt. But it was the government that caused this destruction. The country was bankrupted, it went to the International Monetary Fund late. They bankrupted the country and were hiding. They didn’t tell the parliament. We in the parliament don’t even know.
It is the government that has broken the agreement with the International Monetary Fund. In this agreement, the government must protect the rule of law. But what is the government doing? The election was postponed only after the money was found. Haria. Where is the supremacy of the law? The court decision was ignored. The judges who gave the decision were tried to be brought to the parliament. The government has already broken this agreement, don’t blame us. You have to answer this in June.
It was in a newspaper yesterday that the income has doubled. Now the election can be held. If the government says that everything is good for the people, then hold an election. Even the survey reports in the newspapers say that an election is necessary. We are against the terms of this agreement. Condition of the fund. Electricity bill, high tax burden, if the local debt is restructured, the value of the assets will decrease by 30%. If the epf is restructured, the epf value will decrease by 30%. This cannot be sustained.
We are all talking about the IMF, agreement. But what did the President say yesterday? The gross domestic product will reach the level of 2019 in 2028. How many more years do we have to wait? This is the destruction these people have done. Allow the opinion. Elections are postponed. Can a country be governed by fear of votes? State elections were held in India at the peak of the Covid crisis. Modi lost all five states. After suppressing the Covid crisis and bringing the country to a better state, he won all the five states. Be afraid of elections. No. Governments come and go, so bow down to public opinion and hold elections and give them the opportunity to stand out in public opinion.