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* Government shifting the focus on election paves the way for a second wave of COVID-19, Ranil warns
Sun, Jul 12, 2020, 10:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 12, Colombo: Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says shifting the government’s focus to election campaign is paving the way for a second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country. Addressing a rally in Kandy today in support of the candidates contesting the election under the UNP, the former Prime Minister said the government’s main focus was always the Election while the biggest issue the country has at present is the coronavirus and how to face it.

The UNP Leader said he made a request on behalf of the people, to take medical advice and commence testing, for testing and tracing but the government focused on the election and began distributing Rs.5,000 promptly, adding that it wasn’t even for those really in need, and only to gain political mileage.

However, he noted that the candidates who are participating in the election campaign are spending a lot of money and if the Election Commission decided to postpone the election suddenly if the pandemic spreads, the money would be wasted.

He said the risk of second coronavirus wave is rising in the country and the government should discuss with the Election Commission and take a decision soon.

The UNP leader added that the government should bring, all stakeholders including the health authorities, trade unions and other together and a take a decision soon, otherwise if they decided to postpone elections at a later date it would be unfair for the candidates of all parties.

Addressing a campaign rally held in Colombo East yesterday to support the UNP candidates contesting the August 5th parliamentary election, Wickremesinghe said only his party is capable of strengthening the economy of the family home. He said the objective of the party is to strengthen the small businessmen and families.

Expressing his views, the UNP leader requested the people to elect a UNP government. “Give us the government on 5th August. I would like to say that we will improve the home economy. Earlier all goods were sold, nothing remained at stores, Now nothing is sold, everything remains at stores. This was not done by the UNP government,” said Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking at the opening of the UNP office of UNP Colombo District candidate Udara Ratnayake at Kotte, former Prime Minister said the United National Party wants a generation of new thinkers. The traditional and old school politicians have left the party, he said.


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