ECONOMYNEXT – A recent call by Sri Lanka’s opposition leader for a snap parliamentary election has drawn harsh criticism from opposition MP and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday (12), Dissanayake said Premada should have his head examined.
“It’s true that the government has become unpopular. But to have an election at the time of a crisis like this?” he said.
“Statements like this are immature and unwise,” he added.
Premadasa had said at an event in Tissamaharamaya, in the island’s deep south, that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led government must resign and go for a snap poll.
The opposition leader had accused the government of closing the economy and failing to save Sri Lanka from bankruptcy.
Premadasa’s allegations come amid increased uncertainty against a backdrop of a number of import restrictions, a public health crisis and a crippling shortage of foreign exchange.
The main opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), the party that he leads, is better equipped to take over and handle the economic and other crises the country is currently facing, Premadasa had said.
Dissanayake, however, said Premadasa’s statement was nothing more than a cheap attempt to grab power.
“Does anyone think that parliament should be dissolved and an election be held at this point?”
The opposition’s role under the circumstances, he said, is to propose solutions to the crises to turn the situation around.
“Whether they accept these proposals or not is a different matter,” he said.
Sri Lanka’ current parliament cannot be dissolved till February 2023, unless it elects to resign. (Colombo/Sep13/2021)