JO mulls no-faith motion against AG

Published : 9:10 am  February 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (26) reads | 

Untitled-9By Lahiru Pothmulla   

The joint opposition (JO) said yesterday it was mulling a no-confidence motion against the Auditor General (AG) for making a statement on State loans during the ‘silent period’ of the election campaign, in what the JO described as a last minute attempt to mislead the voters.

MP Bandula Gunawardane said no political party was allowed to respond to the AG’s statement because he made it during the silent period of the election campaign.   

 

The government used the AG to make a statement to manipulate the voters two days before the Local Government (LG) elections. 


“The government continued to lie that the loans obtained by the Rajapaksa government had resulted in the present economic crisis. When it had failed to popularize this opinion, the government used the AG to make a statement to manipulate the voters two days before the Local Government (LG) elections. His political statement made about loans, has jolted the economic sectors,” he said.   


The MP said the AG stated that the amount of loans obtained in the past was colossal and could not even be calculated properly.   


“The AG said that an undocumented loan balance to the value of Rs.826 billion has emerged. The Central Bank then made a public statement to clarify this matter. The Auditor General has been used by the government to lie at the last minute before the elections,” he said.  When former president Mahinda Rajapaksa took over the government, the MP said the loan rate was 103% against the Gross Domestic Production (GDP).   

 

The government continued to lie that the loans obtained by the Rajapaksa government had resulted in the present economic crisis


“The loan rate was reduced to 70 per cent against the GDP during the period of the former government but it had increased to 83.3% during the past three years,” he said.