‘Freedom to protest, strike, shows strength of good governance’

Public Administration and Disaster Management Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara addressing the media while current chairman of the National Media Centre and former Cabinet Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunication Imthiaz Bakeer looks on. Picture by Roshan Pitipana

Continuous protests and strikes manifest that democracy has reached its peak under our governance, Public Administration and Disaster Management Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said.

He was addressing a press briefing at the New Democratic Front (NDF) election campaign office at Vauxhall Street yesterday.

“Political violence, sexual abuse, robbery, corruption and irregularities are comparatively low at present when compared to the Rajapaksa regime. The good governance has performed an immense service to the country but in a silent manner. Even before taking up the power, S.B. Dissanayake’s henchmen had behaved in a displeasing manner. Educated and well-informed citizens must rethink on these matters,” he said.

Moreover, he said Karuna Amman and Pilleyan who were turned down by society have been placed in high positions in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) camp. And, he assured that none of the ill-characters would stand on the side of New Democratic Front (NDF) Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. The Minister also said senior citizens have been well treated and provided with benefits under good governance. “Pensioners’ salary anomalies were addressed in a justifiable manner and the salary of pensioners were increased up to 45 percent. State sector, private sector and semi-government sector employees are provided with reliefs. Citizens must re-consider these when they cast their vote as this a decisive moment,” he added.

Current Chairman of the National Media Centre and former Cabinet Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunication Imthiaz Bakeer also said the upcoming Presidential election is determining in changing conventional politics. “I invite all citizens to get away from party politics and consider each candidate’s manifesto, envisaging the future of the country. Consider on the manner of candidates face the media and the techniques of tackling social problems,” he said.

He also said Sri Lanka expects unsophisticated politics and Sajith Premadasa who is a simple and uncomplicated character is the best option to resolve this. “Sajith Premadasa who refused to take up an advanced city like Colombo rendered his service to the underprivileged in the Hambanthota district. This clearly shows his dedication to serving the majority in need,” he added.



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