Oct 09, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the government elected by the people has failed to fulfill their expectations.
JHU parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero has said that the people's expectations from the President whom they wanted to be a national leader who respects the country's virtue, ethics and national policies, have now become an "illusion."
Ven. Ratana Thero has come down hard on the government saying that trying to earn revenue through liquor and gaming licenses and legalizing it is an act against Buddhism.
He observed that there was no proper opposition in the country to discuss these issues.
According to the Thero, an opposition has therefore been formed within the government against issues faced by the country and people.
Referring to a recent statement made by Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama that the manufacturing and sale of moonshine (kasippu) should be legalized, Ven. Ratana Thero said that it was surprising to see a respected member of parliament making such a statement.
However, he noted that there was no issue over Dr. Amunugama's statement since he does not enjoy any powers in the Ministry.