Sajith claims Govt. conspiracy to link him to EC training suspension

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa today claimed that the Government was conspiring to link him with the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to suspend training programme for newly recruited graduates.

Premadasa made these comments during a press conference in Colombo today.

He said the government through troll farms had started spreading the ‘rumour’ to gain a political advantage.

Premadasa claimed that only a fraction of the graduates had received their appointment letters and said the Rajapaksa regime had failed to fulfill its election promise.

The Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had yesterday (4)  ordered the Public Administration, Internal Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry Secretary to suspend the training programme for newly recruited graduates until a week after the election results were published.

Deshapriya had further stated that complaints had been received regarding this matter and that recruiting these graduates would amount to promoting political agendas.

However, Co-cabinet Spokesperson Bandula Gunawardane  during the cabinet press conference today said that the govnemenet’s decision to absorb 45,585 graduates to the state sector was not done targeting the general elections. He noted that discussions will be held with the Election Commission today to sort out the matter.

Speaking further Premadasa said if he were elected he would address the issue in 2 weeks time and make sure that permanent appointment letters were provided within 3 months of coming into power.