No poll before reforms

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The government will not go in for a general election without introducing constitutional and electoral reforms and if necessary would go beyond 100 days to fulfil this pledge given during the Presidential poll, the government said yesterday.Cabinet spokesman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly news briefing that the people would not question if the government failed to do it in 100 days but would definitely ask why the government failed to fulfil the pledge, if an election was held without constitutional and electoral reforms.

Dr. Senaratne expressed his displeasure and disappointment over the mysterious failure on the part of the State agencies like the Police, CID, CDB and the Bribery Commission to round up big and famous persons including politicians and added that though the government has been changed, the State machinery appeared to be still the same.

They have made a big issue out of the illegal passport case of Shashi Weerawansa which is a minor offence in comparison to billions worth of frauds and corruption that had taken place in the recent past…

 

‘They have made a big issue out of the illegal passport case of Shashi Weerawansa which is a minor offence in comparison to billions worth of frauds and corruption that had taken place in the recent past. The delay in taking certain suspects into custody and framing charges against them is incomprehensible,” Minister Senaratne charged.

There are allegations against the Rajapaksa family on many a corruption and embezzlement. The advertising firm managed by one of the members of the Rajapaksa family has to pay a huge bill to State media institutions for election propaganda. The UPFA has still to pay Rs. 142 million to the SLTB and the Economic Development Ministry has spent Rs. 1,670 million for  the Presidential campaign of former President Rajapaksa, he said.
The government would not let any of those who wasted state funds for election propaganda and other unauthorized work go scot-free and investigate all illegal transactions and take legal action against them including politicians and secretaries who ordered and authorized those payments.  “The knee jerk attitude of the relevant State agencies is a problem to me as well as to the media.

You must always highlight those misdeeds and those who committed them and officials who attempt to protect them whether they are police officers or officers in the Bribery Commission or the Attorney General’s Department

 

You must always highlight those misdeeds and those who committed them and officials who attempt to protect them whether they are police officers or officers in the Bribery Commission or the Attorney General’s Department. What I can say that suspicions on attempts cover up those crimes at those establishments are not unfounded,” he added.  He said if there was no positive development in the next two weeks on the big scale investigations launched on drugs, corruption and frauds, he would go public and expose all those involved in those crimes.
Responding to a journalist on a reported statement made by Justice and Labour Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe to a foreign media outlet to the effect that Sri Lanka would not initiate a domestic inquiry on alleged war crimes, Dr. Senaratne said Minister Rajapakshe had no right to make that statement and it was the responsibility of Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera to do so.  Commenting on the support given to former President Rajapaksa by certain newspapers at the presidential poll, he said they were run by casino money.

 

 

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