Dec 13, Colombo: Main opposition party of Sri Lanka, the United National Party (UNP) today called on the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne to take responsibility for the actions of members of his staff appointed by him.
UNP parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera told a news conference today that the Premier must resign for allowing one of his officials to misuse his office to get clearance and a tax waiver for the country's largest haul of heroin.
He explained that it is the Prime Minister who appoints his coordinating secretary and therefore must take the responsibility for the actions of his staff.
Prime Minister's coordinating secretary, Keerthi Weerasinghe at the Buddha Sasana Ministry, which comes under the PM's authority was removed after the he allegedly issued a letter requesting a tax exception on a container that was found to contain the largest heroin haul to the country.
MP Perera reminded that it was the Premier who had some time back alleged that politicians were involved in drug dealing in the country.
The MP noted that a proper investigation has to be held into the matter and also determine whether the Customs Department operates according to the dictates of politicians.
Governing party ally, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) also called for the Premier's resignation over the controversy.