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Govt. cannot get away from “mafia” accusation: State Minister

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) did not give the Government a two-thirds majority to be accused of being a “mafia” said State Minister of Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development Duminda Dissanayake.

He made this statement while speaking in Parliament yesterday (29).

“We (SLFP) gave the Government a two-thirds majority, not to be accused later on of forming a mafia. We have the power to break this mafia. When we are in the Government party, they make accusations. When in the oppositions, we get accused for that as well. From the time a party fails, they must make sure that they support the Governing party, and not make accusations in attempts to over-turn the Government,” said Dissanayake.

He further added that with this mentality, no party, no leader nor nation can move forward.

“I have been in parliament for the past 21 years. I have been part of the Governing party, and also part of the opposition. What is expected is that when in the Governing party is that we protect the Government. When in the opposition, we sling mud and try and topple the Government. This has been the pattern since 1948,” he added.

Further, Dissanayake said that with this ideology in mind, whichever party comes to power, it is the people of the nation that suffers as there is no progression and development in the country.

“We need a change. This is the time, this is the right time. We need to get together, stop the pattern of the past, and take a step forward to be united to help the country move forward,” he concluded.