Ruling party politicians speak out on what happens before elections

Ruling party politicians speak out on what happens before elections

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Jul, 2014 | 8:10 pm

With the topic of elections being discussed broadly among the public again, a number of ruling party politicians recently made the following statement.

Speaker of Parliament, Chamal Rajapaksa expressed these views:

[quote]It is very easy to engage in politics these days, you gather a set of goods and go around distributing them a day or two before the election. After they get themselves elected to the provincial councils and parliament through such actions they have to face current issues in the country. The parliament used to be a place where relevant current issues were discussed. Earlier students used to read the Hansard when preparing for examinations. If they read it now they will never even look at parliament again. This is the situation at present.Whose fault is it ? We brought is upon ourselves. [/quote]

Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Nimal Siripala de Silva shared these thoughts:

[quote]Some people enter politics with a loads of money. They begin by distributing clothes, then they distribute other goods. After that they are no where to be seen. We need to create a younger generation that is capable of setting a higher standard and selecting leaders who can work for their region as well as the entire country .[/quote]

Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation, Vijith Wijayamuni said;

[quote]I am distributing ivory tusks to temples. When I donate these things the people appreciate it. However, when other donate goods at times the people get angry and berate them. These days when you donate goods both the person who makes the donation and accepts the donation is not happy about it; so I don’t distribute such goods .[/quote]


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