Aug 19, Colombo: Government parliamentarians and ministers say that the joint opposition which demands an election within three months would not have been thrown into the streets had they worked for the well-being of the general public when they were holding power.
The ruling lawmakers made these remarks in response to the protest organized by the Joint Opposition yesterday on the second anniversary of the national unity government.
Several parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition were present at the protest held at the Lipton roundabout in Colombo yesterday against the good governance government.
The protesters said a government under the leadership of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is needed. However, the general public says that they have given a mandate to the government for a period of five years.
The MPs and the Ministers say the voters cast 6.2 million of votes for President Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential election for the well-being of the country.
Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that some said the government would end by August 17 and some said that it will last only two full moons. "However 20 full moons have left since the election and this government could not be changed by any means," the Minister said.
"We are not afraid of loud personalities. The government is stronger than ever before," the Minister said.
He also said that the government will be further strengthened when the culprits of fraud and corruption are brought up before the law and then not a single person in the join opposition will be left to form a government.
The government of good governance has implemented economic development programs to free the country from the debt and has also reorganized the trade structure.
The Minister also said that under such circumstances, the joint opposition is trying to topple the government with the aim to prevent the implementation of judicial action against the culprits whose inappropriate sources of revenues have now been blocked.
Speaking to media, Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said the past two years must have been dark for the joint opposition as they are now not able to be engaged in raping, stealing and killing.
Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the government elected by the votes of the people is in power and there are attempts to portray those who have been brought to courts on murder charges as great patriots.