COUN­TRY IN A STATE OF AN­AR­CHY - PRES­I­DENT OF AGRAR­IAN OR­GAN­I­SA­TION

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY KANCHANA KU­MARA

Pres­i­dent of the All Cey­lon Agrar­ian Or­gan­i­sa­tion Na­mal Karunaratne said the coun­try was in a state of an­ar­chy due to the on­go­ing con­flict be­tween two groups , one led by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena and Prime Min­is­ter Mahinda Ra­japaksa and the other led by for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe.

He told the me­dia that Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena should dis­solve par­lia­ment and hold a gen­eral elec­tion to re­solve the is­sue or else the en­tire coun­try would go deeper and deeper in to the mire. He stressed that all par­lia­men­tar­i­ans should join hands and pass a mo­tion by two thirds ma­jor­ity com­pelling the pres­i­dent to dis­solve par­lia­ment to ob­tain the peo­ple’s man­date to form a gov­ern­ment.

The me­dia con­fer­ence had been con­vened to cre­ate aware­ness on sev­eral ur­gent is­sues af­fect­ing the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in­clud­ing the fail­ure to re­lease wa­ter for the Maha sea­son paddy cul­ti­va­tion de­spite heavy rains that re­sulted in the spilling over of all ma­jor tanks and reser­voirs, short­age of fer­til­izer for sub­si­dized prices, and the de­lay in pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion for crop dev­as­ta­tion dur­ing the drought.

“The peo­ple in the en­tire coun­try have been left in a state of an­ar­chy due to the on­go­ing cri­sis cre­ated by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena, Prime Min­is­ter Mahinda Ra­japaksa and the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe. Al­though Prime Min­is­ter Mahinda Ra­japaksa promised to is­sue fer­til­izer for sub­si­dized prices

The me­dia con­fer­ence had been con­vened to cre­ate aware­ness on sev­eral ur­gent is­sues af­fect­ing the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in­clud­ing the fail­ure to re­lease wa­ter for the Maha sea­son paddy cul­ti­va­tion de­spite heavy rains

it is not avail­able any­where in the coun­try. The three lead­ers are mo­ti­vated on a per­sonal agenda to show ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment with­out least con­cern about its dam­age to the coun­try. The only way to get out of this is to seek the pub­lic opin­ion at a gen­eral elec­tion,” he said.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the All Cey­lon Agrar­ian Or­gan­i­sa­tion T.b. sarath ad­dressed the me­dia.

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