Sirisena regime failed to keep promises, claim civilians

jaffanarmyCOLOMBO: Most of the civil society groups which were instrumental in the setting up of the current Sirisena regime have decided to issue their final warning to the government on its perceived failure to file legal action against any MP of the previous government on charges of fraud and corruption.
These civil society groups have stated that if the government fails to apprehend any of those found guilty of fraud and corruption before 4 February this year, they will take to the streets with the masses in a massive protest march.

As a first step towards that process they are preparing to meet the President and the PM shortly.

These civil society group representatives who had met PM Ranil Wickremesinghe last Thursday (14 Jan) are now hoping to meet President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (18 Jan).

They are expected to draw the attention of the President to the conduct of the IGP as well as to some of the probes launched against officials of the AG’s Department.

These civil society representatives are also expected to bring to the notice of the President several allegations levelled against certain Ministers as well in the current regime.

Govt failed to honour its pledges

MEANWHILE in JAFFNA yesterday, Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran said that the 2016 National Thai Pongal festival has been celebrated in an environment in which the government has failed to honour even one single pledge given to the people of the Northern Province.

He made this statement addressing the National Thai Pongal festival celebration event at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna yesterday.

Also attending the event was Britain’s Foreign Office Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The NPC Chief Minister said that an inclusive society cannot be built
on a counter-terrorism mindset and State security perspectives.

He added that a heavy military presence in the province lays the foundation for violence.

The fact that an estimated 150,000 armed men belonging to an occupational Army is stationed in the Northern Province for six long years after the end of the war necessarily lays the foundation for violence, he said.

“They have taken over our lands, out livelihoods, our businesses, our resources and are a threat to the well-being of our war widows and others.”

“Are we therefore in a fit state of mind to celebrate Thai Pongal?” he asked. The event was boycotted by the TNA. – Compiled from CeylonToday

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