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* Sri Lanka Marxist party calls for government to resign for protecting drug peddlers
Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 11:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the government should resign since it has protected ministers and parliamentarians who are involved in drug peddling in the country.

JVP Propaganda Secretary, parliamentarian Vijitha Herath told a news conference that there needs to be an expose on the drugs and ethanol racket and setting up casinos in the country.

He said that given the current state of affairs, it is not only the Prime Minister, but the entire government should resign.

"There have been continuous raids on drugs and ethanol imported to the country and there has been no proper outcome where the real people responsible have been punished. The government has allowed a massive drug, ethanol and illicit liquor network to operate in the country and has also protected them from being prosecuted," Herath charged.

However, Sri Lanka Police Department said it has arrested over 145,000 persons who have allegedly been involved in narcotic dealings within the last two years.

The JVP MP says that the government has even violated its own Mahinda Chintana policy statement that gives prominence to "Mathata Thitha" (an end to narcotics) and therefore should resign.

Herath also posed a question to governing party ally, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) whether the current path of the government would take the country towards a "dharmarajya."

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