Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will ensure a safe, secure and a free society by taking forward the victories achieved after the 2015 election.
Recalling that the situation in the country was normalized within three months after the bombing on Easter Sunday, the Premier said white van was not required to arrest the persons involved in the attack and all parties involved were arrested under the common law of the country.
The Prime Minister made this observation during the 'Talk with PM' event with a group of university lecturers at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo yesterday.
Speaking further, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe pointed out that since 2015, the government has worked to establish a free society and much of it has been done.
He said the public should not allow politicians to drag the country backwards. "The people must decide whether they are going to continue that work for another five years. If not, our motherland will go back to the dark ages." He said it is up to the people to decide whether they want to go to the dark age or not.
He pointed out that freedom of the country should be protected, without it the country cannot go forward as every task requires basic freedom in the country.
"We did not compromise the people's freedom. If you want both national security and freedom, vote for the Candidate representing our camp.
The Premier said the present administration established independent commissions and empowered the parliament and after this presidential election the parliament will be even more strengthened.
He said steps are being taken to devolve power within a unitary state while protecting the territorial integrity of the country and in the future a new constitution strengthening democracy will be introduced.
In response to a question whether he will remain as the Prime Minister after November 17, the Premier said as soon as the election results are released all the current portfolios in Parliament, including the post of Prime Minister, will no longer be valid and have to be re-appointed and the person who has the confidence of the majority of Parliament will become the Prime Minister.
Responding to questions about the opposition candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's proposal to introduce a Z-Score at school level to select students to universities, the Premier said he should explain how the proposed system works. Although the present Z-Score system has some shortcomings his proposal is a dangerous situation, the Premier said adding that the present administration wants to establish a universal access to education.