July 05, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said in Parliament that if MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake is able to build the country, he is ready to step down and give the JVP leader the post of Prime Minister.
The Premier asked the JVP leader to present his plan to restore the country in six months to the President or to the parliament, and if there is such a plan, he is ready to resign and let MP Dissanayake take up his position.
“MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake has stated that if he is handed over the country, it will be restored in six months. Indeed, it would be a very good thing if it could be done. Taking a country whose economic growth has fallen to negative six or seven to a positive economic growth rate in six months is an action that has never happened in any country in the world. But we cannot rule out Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s opinion that it has not happened so far. It would be great if he has a plan to restore the country within six months. With such a plan, we will be able to restore the economy in a short period of time. Not only that, it also sets a good precedent for the world,” the Prime Minister said.
“But if there is a more effective plan than the one we have presented, if there is a faster plan, then present it. We can discuss it. Run it if the most effective path to recovery.”
The Prime Minister noted that as MP Harini Amarasuriya said, this crisis is not one that can be resolved in a few days or a few months. He said If MP Anura Kumara can do it he could win the Nobel Prize in Economics.
“That is why I am asking MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake to submit this plan to the President. If you don’t want to go to the President, present it to this Parliament. Let us discuss it in this Parliament. If that plan is better and more effective than the plan we are implementing now, we will implement it. Such a plan would be brilliant enough to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.”
“So if there is such a plan, I am ready to resign and let him take up this position. I am ready to give up my position and support that program. Because the positions I hold are not new to me.”
The Prime Minister pointed out that he did not accept the position out of desire for the chair, but since no one has taken responsibility at a time when the country has become anarchic.