Govt ministers respond to decision taken by JHU

Govt ministers respond to decision taken by JHU

Written by Bella Dalima

18 Nov, 2014 | 9:08 pm

The JHU’s decision did elicit responses from several government ministers. Letus take a look at some of the views that were expressed.

Project Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, Rohitha Abeygunawardena expressed the following views:

[quote]This camp is strong, no matter who leaves this camp and goes over in an attempt to strengthen others. We have a question to ask the Nayaka Theras who left this camp. We pose this question to them directly. Who are they trying to replace President Mahinda Rajapaksa with? We wish to ask this question of the nationalist forces.[/quote]

Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane shared these views:

[quote]Honourable Speaker, we have no doubt that the budget will be passed. I do not know if Rathana Thera will vote for this. No matter who votes or does not vote we will forge ahead. This is not a problem for us. We will go on our journey. The decision taken by the President will be implemented. The programme will continue as intended. Anyone who wishes so can leave.[/quote]

Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris expressed these views;

[quote]Our aspiration is to have a government that is nourished by everyone’s strength. That is what we wish for. But honestly, we are not fearful that this incident has in any way affected His Excellency the President’s strength. Our people have extremely clear views regarding his values, his service to the country and the service that we can hope from him in the future. We do not believe that this will affect his position in any way.[/quote]


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