Before there were oil and gas queues, U.N.P. National List MP Ranil made a good speech.
I do not hesitate to say. The private sector in this country is responsible for this crisis. When these private sector businessmen elected the president, they went and told him to reduce their taxes. Then the economy will improve. Has this improved now…?’
What Ranil said is certainly true. During the Maithri-Ranil government, these businessmen were taxed. Unable to bear this tax burden, these businessmen came out and spoke to the media and said that the country and the economy are over. Never in the history of Sri Lanka have businessmen come out and attacked the government by saying that the country and the economy is finished. In the history of this country business men have never come out and attacked the government saying the economy is finished.
All these businessmen are businessmen born either from Rajapaksa, or JR period or those who did business during Premadasa’s government and made good money during Rajapaksa’s time. The Maitri-Ranil government came and taxed them and used the Financial Crimes Investigation Department to find the transactions between them and the Rajapaksas. These businessmen were afraid .They came out and tried to topple the Maitri-Ranil government. The media, which is crying out for the Rajapaksa’s, joined in the scandal and they used businessmen to say that the country’s economy is ruined because of the Maitri-Ranil government.
It was only after that that one or two of these businessmen started joining Gotabaya’s viyathmaga, Some businessmen took off their tie coats and dressed in national dress to join the clan.
Even now, the Rajapaksa family did not agree to give Gota the presidential candidacy. It was these businessmen who put the biggest pressure on the Rajapaksa family to get Gota’s candidacy. Some businessmen threatened that they will not give money to the Podujana Peramuna campaign for the next presidential election if Gota is not nominated. Most of these businessmen are businessmen who dealt with the Rajapaksa family and supported them politically. The Rajapaksa family had to listen to their voices. After Gota was announced as the presidential candidate, Sri Lanka’s biggest businessmen sat in the front row at the Viatmaga meeting held at the Shangri-La Hotel. They gave one message to the country.
If there is a Maithri-Ranil government, the country and the economy will be distroyed. To recover the country and the economy, make Gota the president….’
These messages of the businessmen also affected the people. They queued up and voted for Gota. Gota became the president. As soon as Gota became president, these businessmen were appointed to the higher positions in the economy. In addition, he appointed a presidential task force to build the economy. The leading businessmen of Sri Lanka were appointed to these forces. They discussed how to build the economy with Gota from 2020 until 2022 oil queues and gas queues surfaced. Proposals were made to improve the economy. In between, they worked on their own businesses. But not a single businessman knews until the country’s foreign reserves eroded. Until people have to stand in gas queues and oil queues. Queues formed all over the country and when the struggle came out, they moved from Gota leaving him alone.
Even before Gota became president, these businessmen went to meetings and sat at the lunch table with Gota.
‘What is your economic plan…?’
No one heard anything from Gota, but here’s the scoop! Because, they don’t care about Gota’s economic programs, It doesn’t matter whether Gota has knowledge about economics or not. They wanted business for them.
An economy will not fall like that because Sajith and Ranilla shouted. When you can’t pay the debt, you take another loan and pay that debt. Let’s increase our business without paying taxes…’
That’s how they calculated. But when they lost their foreign reserves, they started queuing up.
Gota ate us. Now let’s make a statement that we support the struggle..’
They were afraid and decided. But when the activists shouted that the businessmen who had done business with the Rajapaksas should bring the dollars they had drawn abroad, they were scared to death.
‘If the struggle wins, if a president who wants the struggle comes, we will be finished. The Rajapaksas are over. Let’s make the Rajapaksa’s understand this and appoint a president who can save us and the Rajapaksa’s through the back door…’
During the struggle, they met in five-star hotels and decided.
Even if the country goes to hell at this time, will go to IMF and save our business. Ranil is the right man for that. The Rajapaksas also like him. Let’s put the guy. The man will save Rajapaksa and our business…’
This is the story they told each other.
‘IMF, the man knows the language spoken there. The man will do something and fix this for us to do business…’
This is the word they used. That’s how Ranil becomes president. Now this Rajapaksa business mafia is with Ranil. They are Ranil’s bodyguards. They know that the biggest obstacle to protecting Ranil is the opposition.
‘Don’t get in the way of this Ranil’s program. Let Ranil sell whatever he wants and do a debt restructuring. We will take care of you guys in the next election…’
This is the long line that the businessmen or the Rajapakse business mafia gives to the opposition. The MPs who eat this rope are in the opposition. This Rajapaksa business mafia is supporting them. Billions are spent on their votes. So when Ranil presents the budget, he talks to this business mafia.
‘Can’t the opposition put pressure on them and get support for the budget…?’
Ranil puts pressure on the business mafia. The business mafia puts pressure on the opposition.
We are the first to tell to go to IMF. So for the country we need IMF. Can’t be opposed to proposals…’
We initially said not to restructure domestic debt. There is no problem if the debt is not cut….’
When the Rajapaksa business mafia puts pressure on some members of the opposition, some of these members say this kind of funny story. This IMF The deal is not to save the country, nor to save the people, but to save this business mafia. It is the Rajapaksa business mafia that makes the people happy by selling the profit-making government institutions by taxing the people and cutting the money from the banks and the provident fund. This mafia, who advised Gota to send the economy into the abyss, is now putting pressure on the opposition to protect Ranil.
There is not even 20 of this business mafia. This IMF The agreement was made to rescue them. The best example is bailing out the banks and pickpocketing the little guy’s provident fund during domestic debt restructuring. Big men deal with most banks. The small man’s money is in the provident fund. According to the terms agreed in the IMF deal, even if the tax is increased or the electricity bill is increased, it will hit the little man’s stomach. Sri Lanka’s main opposition Samagi Jana Balavega’s decision to oppose the restructuring of the domestic debt is like enlighten with ‘Samma ditti’ on Ranil’s IMF. This is the unmasking of some members of the opposition who disguise themselves to dance as the Rajapaksa business mafia wants.